This unique collection of 185 Primary Documents, 17 of them new, examines the evolution of concern about environmental degradation, pollution, climate change, and resource conservation in America, from the Colonial period, to the present day, and looking forward towards the future. Most importantly, it addresses those topics that are causing the most controversy-global warming, clean power, and the U.S. withdrawal in 2017 from the Paris Accords on climate change.
Chapters are arranged chronologically to illustrate how environmental thought has changed over time. Chapters cover:
- Foundations of American Environmental Thought & Action
- Politicians, Naturalists and Artists in the New Nation 1776-1839
- The Origins of Environmental Activism, 1840-1889
- The Roots of the Conservation Movement, 1890-1919
- Rethinking Our Relationship to Nature, 1920-1959
- The Heyday of the Environmental Movement, 1960-1979
- Confronting Economic & Social Realities, 1980-1999
- NEW! Politicizing the Environmental Debate, 2000-2017
These documents chronicle the evolution of environmental movements in the U.S., and show how environmental interests and organizations have evolved alongside changing social, economic, and political conditions, and changing American views about the environment. These documents reveal patterns of changing attitudes about three fundamental environmental issues: conservation, pollution, and the human-nature relationship.
- General Introduction - a clear, detailed view of the often-complicated environmental issues that are the subject of the primary documents.
- Appendix I - Significant Dates in American Environmental History
- Appendix II - Major International Environmental Organizations
- Further Reading
- Notes, Copyright Acknowledgements, Index
The Environmental Debate offers unequaled coverage of one of the most debated topics in American history. This updated third edition, with its broad array of perspectives, will be a welcome resource for students wishing to explore controversial environmental issues from as many different angles as possible.
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