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Environmental Expertise as Group Belonging

Environmental Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Rolf Lidskog and Göran Sundqvist

Most people would agree that environmental expertise is important in defining and handling environmental problems. Environmental policy is densely populated by scientific experts; national governments as well as international political organizations

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Two Worlds of Environmentalism?

Empirical Analyses on the Complex Relationship between Postmaterialism, National Wealth, and Environmental Concern

Jochen Mayerl and Henning Best

, attaining this goal will crucially depend on public support for costly national contributions. However, the global spread of environmental concern and the reasons for differing levels of concern among countries are not yet fully understood. In this article

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Beyond the American culture wars

A call for environmental leadership and strengthening networks

Kate A. Berry

wars around the world generally, my goal in this short article is to focus on the United States (US), looking at the American culture war specifically as it relates to environmental issues. 3 Looking at the US today is a reminder that the culture wars

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Contradictions of Solidarity

Whiteness, Settler Coloniality, and the Mainstream Environmental Movement

Joe Curnow and Anjali Helferty

youth put their bodies on the line to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Over time, the encampments grew to include as many as 12,000 people, including Indigenous people from nearly 300 nations, environmental justice activists, mainstream

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Ryan Gunderson

Ingolfur Blühdorn (2007: 272) described a paradox that deserves more attention in the environmental social sciences: Why are we sustaining “what is known to be unsustainable”? What allows for the reproduction of the ecologically unsustainable

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Paul G. Harris

China is experiencing profound adverse environmental changes, many of them driven—and all exacerbated—by rapid economic growth. Attitudes toward the environment in China are ambiguous. Nevertheless, these attitudes are indicators of how the Chinese view the natural environment and how they are likely to behave toward it and respond to efforts to protect it. They are also important precursors to actions by the Chinese government to address environmental problems that affect the rest of the world. Environmental awareness and attitudes are associated with individuals' educational level, socio-economic status, living environment, and exposure to media. By understanding the Chinese view of the environment and the degree to which they prioritize it (or not) relative to other important issues, Chinese and international policymakers and stakeholders can enhance their capacity to perhaps start shifting these attitudes, values, and behaviors toward those that might do less harm to China's environment and the world's. This article reviews findings on environmental awareness, attitudes, and behaviors, and makes observations on their implications for environmental governance in China. Information is drawn from Chinese survey data, secondary Chinese-language sources, and related tertiary literature.

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Righting Names

The Importance of Native American Philosophies of Naming for Environmental Justice

Rebekah Sinclair

connected to a particular ontology that understands individuals as the fundamental units of reality and thus of ecology, biology, anthropology, politics, ethics, law, and so on. Why is this important for thinking about environmental management from an

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Achieving Indigenous Environmental Justice in Canada

Deborah McGregor

“To think that Indigenous concepts of justice do not exist is Eurocentric thought.” —Wenona Victor Environmental justice (EJ) has several definitions but can generally be thought of as the equitable distribution of environmental burdens and benefits

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Jeff Kirby

In recent decades environmental movements in the West have been extremely effective in raising general awareness of environmental destruction and resource depletion, both locally and globally. Such concerns and changing attitudes toward the organic

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Bill Devall

The death of American environmentalism has recently been proclaimed by some commentators (Schellenberger and Nordhaus 2005). Such declarations tend to be limiting because they fail to explore and evaluate the historical context of international, national, and regional social forces and social changes that shaped the American environmental movement over the past century. In this essay, I propose to explore the important question of the decline of American environmentalism within the context of a recurring theme pursued by the American movement: the protection of places wherein we dwell. David Brower has called this the practice of Conservation, Preservation, and Restoration, or CPR (Brower 1995).