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Enthusiasm for Big-Picture Environmentalism Wanes as Local Causes Boom
Posted on Jun 16, 2014
A new report contends that the environmental movement has been losing the battle for new converts largely because it places “too great a dependency on three things: elite-level engagement, the rationalism of climate science and the agency of top-down legislation,” Observer journalist Lucy Siegle writes.
According to Siegle, the report’s authors believe “environmentalism should begin at home, focusing on issues that people are actually concerned with, rather than ‘abstract’ international issues, such as climate change.”
The report, “Pride of Place,” comes from the Fabian Society, a British organization dedicated to advancing the principles of socialism incrementally and by reform. Siegle writes, a “grassroots, people-powered approach” is both a rising trend and “something that needs to happen if environmentalism is to have any chance of mainstream traction” and “achieving anything significant.”
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—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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