Individual people working within their communities have the power to create incredible change. This collection offers the history of environmental activism from the ground up along with lessons and direction for activists today.
Environmental Activism on the Ground draws upon a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarship to examine small scale, local environmental activism, paying particular attention to Indigenous experiences. It illuminates the questions that are central to the ongoing evolution of the environmental movement while reappraising the history and character of late twentieth and early twenty-first environmentalism in Canada, the United States, and beyond.
This collection considers the different ways in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists have worked to achieve significant change. It examines attempts to resist exploitative and damaging resource developments, and the establishment of parks, heritage sites, and protected areas that recognize the indivisibility of cultural and natural resources. It pays special attention to the thriving environmentalism of the 1960s through the 1980s, an era which saw the rise of major organizations such as Greenpeace along with the flourishing of local and community-based environmental activism.
Environmental Activism on the Ground emphasizes the effects of local and Indigenous activism, offering lessons and directions from the ground up. It demonstrates that the modern environmental movement has been as much a small-scale, ordinary activity as a large-scale, elite one.
First Nations raising a traditional welcome figure at the legislature during the Meares Island protest in October 1984. Victoria Times Colonist file photo.
Chapter 1. Strategies for Survival: First Nations Encounters with Environmentalism
Chapter 2. Native/Non-Native Alliances: Challenging Fossil Fuel Industry Shipping at Pacific Northwest Ports
Chapter 3. Conserving Contested Ground: Sovereignty-Driven Stewardship by the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation
Chapter 4. From Southern Alberta to Northern Brazil: Indigenous Conservation and the Preservation of Cultural Resources
Chapter 5. Parks For and By the People: Acknowledging Ordinary People in the Formation, Protection, and Use of State and Provincial Parks
Chapter 6. Alternatives: Environmental and Indigenous Activism in the 1970s
Chapter 7. Marmion Lake Generating Station: Another Northern Scandal?
Chapter 8. Environmental Activism as Anti-Conquest: The Nuu-chah-nulth and Environmentalists in the Contact Zone of Clayoquot Sound
Chapter 9. Local Environmental Independence as Environmentalism: Nova Scotia in the 1970s
- publisherUniversity of Calgary Press
- publisher placeCalgary, AB
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