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Green movement

Emerged as a combination of all previous environmental movements, such as Greenpeace (1971) and other global green organizations. See Greenpeace.

green movement

a social movement whose prime concern is with ecological issues (see ECOLOGY). While this is broad-based, encompassing concern over environmental pollution, preservation of wildlife and of the traditional countryside, and the control of building development, the movement has a strong political wing which has been a powerful lobby during the 1980s. The Green Party has been most in evidence in West Germany and Holland, only emerging significantly in the UK in the late 1980s, with the renaming of the Ecology Party. However, many supporters would not regard their allegiance as conventionally political, but as based on practical issues with which they can be directly involved, through their purchasing habits, their leisure pursuits, or by contributing to conservation bodies.
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Feminist political ecologists, on the other hand, argue for context-specific investigation of how gender relations affect and are affected by environmental change; even in land-based peasant societies, class and cultural differences between women lead to differences in the way they relate to the environment.
While Forsyth provides ample theoretical tools for the analysis of environmental science and policies, he is less clear on whether or how political ecologists themselves are implicated in the practical work of democratising science and networks.
A good example of the difference in perspective between political ecologists and dependency theorists concerns the "hamburger thesis.
In recognizing the linkage between international markets and local systems, political ecologists argue that they approach a more sophisticated understanding of deforestation and under-development.
Political ecologists argue that environmental degradation in Latin America can be halted only if significant changes occur in the distribution of economic, social, and political power.
Further, by refusing electoral alliances, political ecologists alienated constituencies that were favourably disposed to environmental protection.
Dobson contrasts ecologism to environmentalism, dark-Green to light-green, and political ecologists to environmentalists.

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