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The Ecocentrists: A History of Radical Environmentalism

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Disenchanted with the mainstream environmental movement, a new, more radical kind of environmental activist emerged in the 1980s. Radical environmentalists used direct action, from blockades and tree-sits to industrial sabotage, to save a wild nature that they believed to be in a state of crisis. Questioning the premises of liberal humanism, they subscribed to an ecocentri ...more
Published June 5th 2018 by Columbia University Press
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Clare O'Beara
I can't quite give this history of environmental groups in America five stars because it is intended for university use and not the average interested reader, though some portions are easier. I also found some surprising omissions, though I would not like to have done all the hard work involved of piecing together these accounts.

We learn about the Sierra Club, an early group of amateur (so wealthy) nature enthuasiasts who banded together to preserve the countryside they enjoyed.
No mention that
Cozy Cat Reviews
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you with gratitude to the publisher, author and Net Galley for the review copy. My opinion is my own.
As a long time environmentalist I was thrilled to receive this book for review. This is a book that one should take their time with as there is so much to learn here that you must absorb the reading. As you read this book you will want to conduct your own research with the author's recommendations on each area of interest. This book should be required reading in classrooms as its outstandi
Ernest Spoon
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anyone, even tangendentally, interested, involved or concerned about the environment and the worldwide climatic warm-up must read this book.

I am old enough to remember, slightly, many of the acts of ecotage recounded in this finely written history of the ecocentric movements. I was always a sympathizer of, say, Earth First!'s tactics if not goals. I applauded the ecoterrorism of the shadowy Earth Liberation Front. Hell, after all, their biggest stunt was committing arson on a nearly finished ski
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Sadly, I know some of these folks... I admit to having skipped around in this book as I was reading it. I think it could have been edited better for length, or maybe I just didn't find the subject so interesting after all, It just gets old and who's side to stand for gets difficult because nothing is really black and white. too may grey areas. First you have folks chaining themselves to trees to keep them from being chopped down. Ok, I get that, kinda... Then there's the ranchers and public land ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
It took me quite a while to get through this book as it was much more scholarly than I imagined when I began. I became interested in the environmental movement back in the early 90s and much more so in the early 2000s when the move towards organic became more popular. This was an interesting book full of insights into the early beginnings of the eco movement with facets I didn't realize, such as the zero population growth movement.
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I've only read a couple of books on environmentalism so I am still learning. I suppose the biggest take away from this one and the others is environmentalism is political, people focused. Although the ideas center on collective action around environmental protection a huge part of the equation is the role of humans within that and it's the inescapable element of the issue.

This book, titled The Ecocentrists, looks at the view of extreme groups like Earth First! that emerged during the Reagan era
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