Environmentalism

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Concept.png Environmentalism 
(Ideology,  Green politicsSourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Interest of• Alliance 90/The Greens
• Club of Rome
• Madison Grant
• Jonathon Porrit
The ideology of Green Politics; advocates campaign for environmental protection.

see also Conservation movement,climate change

Environmentalism is an ideology and social movement regarding concerns for environmental protection and improvement of the health of the environment, particularly as the measure for this health seeks to incorporate the impact of changes to the environment on humans, animals, plants and non-living matter.

Environmentalism advocates the preservation, restoration and improvement of the natural environment and critical earth system elements or processes such as the climate, and may be referred to as a movement to control pollution or protect plant and animal diversity.[1]

Climate change

While environmentalism is a broad movement, it has noticeably been hijacked by interests pushing the concept climate change, marginalizing or even making third rail topics of other issues, such as chemical pollution.

Social basis

Environmentalism and environmental parties tend to find their social basis in the urban liberal bourgeoisie. While many of the original environmental movements of the 1970s and 1980s had a strong outsider left-wing tinge, modern movements integrate effortlessly in the power apparatus. For example, the German Green party moved from a pacifist party to one of the most militarist parties in Europe. The appearance of being progressive and selfless is highly useful, and the 'street-cred' this gives can be used to push strongly reactionary politics.

Parties

 

Examples

Page nameDescription
"Climate change"the dogma that rise in CO2 levels correspond to a (as of yet non-significant) rise in temperature and that the world is ahead of an apocalyptic disaster
Animal rights
Environmentalist

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Club of Rome“In searching for a common enemy against whom we can unite, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like, would fit the bill. In their totality and their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which must be confronted by everyone together. But in designating these dangers as the enemy, we fall into the trap, which we have already warned readers about, namely mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention in natural processes, and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy then is humanity itself.”Alexander King
Club of Rome
Bertrand Schneider
1993
Charles Mountbatten-Windsor“We've so degraded natural systems, eco-systems, biodiversity, that it's becoming increasingly impossible for nature to sustain us...At the moment it's all take, take. Now we've reached the situation where we really need four planets like earth to survive or provide enough for everybody....So what do we do? Without doubt we must now put ourselves on a war-like footing, approaching our action from the perspective of a military-style campaign. That way, working together we can combat this most grave and urgent challenge. If we have the resolve to shift our trajectory we must start now, by bringing forward our net zero target.”Charles Mountbatten-Windsor2020
Maurice Strong“What if a small group of world leaders were to conclude that the principal risk to the Earth comes from the actions of the rich countries? And if the world is to survive, those rich countries would have to sign an agreement reducing their impact on the environment. Will they do it? The group’s conclusion is ‘no’. The rich countries won’t do it. They won’t change. So, in order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?””Maurice Strong


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