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Name of Article:
Alienation in the Environmental Movement: Regressive Tendencies in the Struggle for Environmental Justice 
Title of Book/Journal:
Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 
Type:
Article 
English Translation:
 
Publication Date:
September 2003     
Author(s):
 Editor(s):
 
Volume:
14 
Issue: 3
Pages: 1 - 43  
Corporate Author:
 
Publisher:
   
EPA Number:
 
Other Number:
ISSN: 1045-5752    
Keyword(s):
CORPORATE
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT-GRASSROOTS
GORE^^ ALBERT
POLICY
POLITICS
SCENIC HUDSON
Comments:
 
 
 
 
    
 
Annotation:
This paper discusses the connection between increasing environmental degradation and weaknesses and disappointments in the environmental movement. The author states that environmental organizations often blame the heavy spending of polluters on political campaigns and public opinion advertising for their weaknesses. However, the author feels that environmental organizations have become corporate in their own right with a high level of unacknowledged alienation in their own ranks, which permeates the society in general. The author proposes that the movement suffers from the absence of critical self-awareness and has increasingly distanced itself from its traditional base of grassroots activists. The author discusses examples of how interactions with corporate polluters and regulatory agencies and increased dependence on corporate and foundation grants from bureaucratic hierarchies have led to setbacks and betrayals in the movements. This process is illustrated by the case of Scenic Hudson, a regional organization, and the writings of Al Gore (1992). Measures to prevent environmental organizations from being co-opted by capitalism are discussed.
 
 
       
 
 
 

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