Environmental Activism on the Ground: Small Green and Indigenous Organizing
Published by: University of Calgary Press
Imprint: University of Calgary Press
Sales Date: 2019-01-21
Published: January 2019
376 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 24.00 mm, b&w maps, charts, photograph, bibliography
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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.
List of Contributors
List of Figures
In the Shadow of the Green Giants:
Environmentalism and Civic Engagement
Jonathan Clapperton and Liza Piper
Process and Possibilities
Strategies for Survival:
First Nations Encounters with Environmentalism
Anna J. Willow
Challenging Fossil Fuel Industry Shipping at Pacific Northwest Ports
Conserving Contested Ground:
Sovereignty?Driven Stewardship by the White Mountain Apache tribe and the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation
John R. Welch
From Southern Alberta to Northern Brazil:
Indigenous Conservation and the Preservation of Cultural Resources
Parks For and By the People:
Acknowledging Ordinary People in the Formation, Protection, and Use of State and Provincial Parks
Jessica M. DeWitt
Environmental and Indigenous Activism in the 1970s
Marmion Lake Generating Station:
Another Northern Scandal?
Tobasonakwut Peter Kinew
Environmental Activism as Anti?Conquest:
The Nuu?chch?nulth and Environmentalists in the Contact Zone of Clayoquot Sound
Local Economic Independence as Environmentalism:
Nova Scotia in the 1970s
"Not an Easy Thing to Implement":
The Conservation Council of New Brunswick and Environmental Organization in a Resource?Dependent Province, 1969?1983
Mark J. McLaughlin
The Ebb and Flow of Local Environmental Activism:
The Society for Pollution and Environmental Control (SPEC), British Columbia
From Social Movement to Environmental Behemoth:
How Greenpeace Got Big
Lessons and Directions from the Ground Up
Jonathan Clapperton and Liza Piper
Environmental Activism on the Ground successfully foregrounds small-scale, local, and Indigenous organizing in the history of the environmental movement. Not only does this recalibrate our understanding of how the movement has been constituted and has changed over time, but as the editors suggest, it obliges us to reconsider what the impacts of the movement have been. The collection presents an alternative to declensionist narratives and helps to explain one reason why grassroots organizing continues unabated: because it has proven capable of winning and fostering lasting connections.
?Justin Fisher, NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment
Environmental Activism on the Ground . . . we can all learn something from these compelling examples.
?Sarah Marie Wiebe, Canadian Journal of Native Studies
Historians of the environmental movement have been working to incorporate more stories ?from the ground up? and this volume is a wonderful addition to that growing body of research.
?Darren Speece, Environment and History
An excellent contribution to environmental history . . . the versatility of the text is a testament to both the editors? choices and the strength of the chapters. The histories Clapperton and Piper have collected are a valuable contribution to furthering our understanding of environmentalism in a Canadian context and beyond
?John-Henry Harter, Historie Social / Social History
An excellent book on grassroots Indigenous activism.
?James C. Saku, American Review of Canadian Studies
Jonathan Clapperton and Liza Piper’s essay collection Environmental Activism on the Ground makes an important contribution to scholarly understandings of social movements, environmentalism, and Indigenous/settler relations in Canada and beyond . . . [it] clearly demonstrates that there is much important work to be done by historians in unpacking the significance and impact of small, grassroots environmental groups and Indigenous activists.
—Henry John, British Journal of Canadian Studies
- Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize