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Fierce Green Fire: The American Environmental Movement / Edition 1
     

Fierce Green Fire: The American Environmental Movement / Edition 1

by Philip Shabecoff
 

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ISBN-10: 1559634375

ISBN-13: 2901559634372

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Island Press

<p>In A Fierce Green Fire, renowned environmental journalist Philip Shabecoff presents the definitive history of American environmentalism from the earliest days of the republic to the present. He offers a sweeping overview of the contemporary environmental movement and the political, economic, social and ethical forces that have shaped it. More importantly, he

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<p>In A Fierce Green Fire, renowned environmental journalist Philip Shabecoff presents the definitive history of American environmentalism from the earliest days of the republic to the present. He offers a sweeping overview of the contemporary environmental movement and the political, economic, social and ethical forces that have shaped it. More importantly, he considers what today’s environmental movement needs to do if it is to fight off the powerful forces that oppose it and succeed in its mission of protecting the American people, their habitat, and their future.<p>Shabecoff traces the ecological transformation of North America as a result of the mass migration of Europeans to the New World, showing how the environmental impulse slowly formed among a growing number of Americans until, by the last third of the 20th Century, environmentalism emerged as a major social and cultural movement. The efforts of key environmental figures -- among them Henry David Thoreau, George Perkins Marsh, Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, David Brower, Barry Commoner, and Rachel Carson -- are examined. So, too, are the activities of non-governmental environmental groups as well as government agencies such as the EPA and Interior Department, along with grassroots efforts of Americans in communities across the country. The author also describes the economic and ideological forces aligned against environmentalism and their increasing successes in recent decades. <p>Originally published in 1993, this new edition brings the story up to date with an analysis of how the administration of George W. Bush is seeking to dismantle a half-century of progress in protecting the land and its people, and a consideration of the growing international effort to protect Earth's life-support systems and the obstacles that the United States government is placing before that effort. In a forward-looking final chapter, Shabecoff casts a cold eye on just what the environmental movement must do to address the challenges it faces.<p>Now, at this time when environmental law, institutions, and values are under increased attack -- and opponents of environmentalism are enjoying overwhelming political and economic power -- A Fierce Green Fire is a vital reminder of how far we have come in protecting our environment and how much we have to lose."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901559634372
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Foreword to the Second Editionix
Prefacexiii
1.The Garden and the Wilderness1
2.Subduing Nature19
3.The Awakening39
4.Keepers of the House71
5.Saving Ourselves103
6.The Environmental Revolution121
7.Saving Land141
8.Saving Life159
9.The Search for Pax Gaia177
10.The Counterrevolution199
11.The New People's Army225
12.The Third Wave243
13.Ebb Tide265
14.Rebuilding the House289
Notes311
Bibliography329
Index334

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