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on January 11, 2010
THE REBIRTH OF ENVIRONMENTALISM: GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM FROM THE SPOTTED OWL TO THE POLAR BEAR offers a powerful survey of the modern environmental movement and provides a history of activism that surrounds it, focusing on the movement's changes in the 1990s and 200s. A fine set of case studies on three of the most influential biodiversity protection campaigns of the last 20 years lends to a powerful survey essential for any social issues library.
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on September 24, 2009
The Rebirth of Environmentalism is an incisive and highly engaging look at the inner workings of the environmental movement. A must read for environmental activists specifically, activists more generally, and anyone interested in social movements. It's also a highly informative and rewarding read for just about anyone curious about protecting nature, whether in their own back yard or globally. A nice mix of narrative storytelling combined with sophisticated analysis and commentary. I'll be looking forward to the next installment from the author.
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on December 17, 2010
In an easy to read, informative and well documented series of stories, Bevington explains the remarkable success of grass-roots advocates for conservation, protection and restoration of a vibrant, productive and sustainable natural environment. This is a "how to" book for every person who asks the question: "What can one person do to protect the natural world we live in? Bevington requires fewer than 300 well written pages to illustrate the essential values of fifty years of successful environmental advocacy while naming, without overtly criticizing, organizations that have moved from founding principles to expediency as they focused more on their growth than on their mission. This is one of the best I've read in over forty years of environmental advocacy.
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on October 31, 2009
This book is a gem; very readable, it's a history of the modern environmental movement, revealing its heroes, its successes and its failures. "Rebirth" looks at the movement from a sociologist's point of view, but what makes it hard to put down is the personal stories of the men and women who took part in the environmental battles of the 80's and 90's, and refused to have their hands tied by playing by traditional rules. This one stays on my personal bookshelf, but I'm buying a copy for my local public library as well.
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on March 27, 2010
Bevington's book is a well thought out analysis and interesting narrative study on the changes in the environmental movement over the past several decades. It discusses the rise and decline of the "Big Nationals" such as the Sierra Club with their large budgets and political compromises; continues on with the discussion of the necessary transformation of Sierra Club; and ends with the rise of the very effective "Grassroots" organizations, chiefly the Center for Biological Diversity. This discussion is in the context of various forest protection and endangered species issues and in Bevington's "six dimensions" of social movement analysis: tactics, strategy, movement culture, organization, funding, and political conditions as used by the Nationals and Grassroots organizations. Of particular interest is Bevington's portrayal of the Center for Biological Diversity's humble rise, from the founders sleeping on the floor of their office, to becoming America's most effective environmental organization through the use of litigation backed by sound science. While the book should be required reading in all environmental studies classes; it should also be read by anyone interested in the future of America's environment.
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on November 12, 2012
The Headwaters chapter is incomplete. There is page after page of the author's theories about whether we won or lost, and many interviews with "funders" (the rich people who gave money to this cause) but few if any interviews with the people who spent time in jail for non-violent civil disobedience to save Headwaters. The author mentions that hundreds of people were arrested but doesn't mention that most were released without going to jail, but some spent days and weeks in jail. Did some spend months or years in jail? I wish this book told me.
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