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Book Review: The nature of environmentalism: A review of Patriots by William Lines


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Davison, A 2008 , 'Book Review: The nature of environmentalism: A review of Patriots by William Lines' , Australian Humanities Review, vol. 45 , pp. 129-132 .

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Over the past two decades, Australians have become more informed about
environmental problems, more familiar with environmental discourse, and more
likely to identify themselves as at least some shade of green. Yet dialogue between
proponents for environmental movements and the broader public has ironically
become, if anything, more difficult over this period. Reflecting this, membership
of environmental organisations has remained in a range of around two to five
per cent of the population. In 2004, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported
a steady decline in the proportion of the population concerned about
environmental problems. Although the recent conversion of many Australians
from climate change sceptics to carbon cops is likely to have heightened levels
of environmental concern, the evidence does not suggest that there has been a
significant increase in trust for environmental groups. Australian
environmentalists may not yet be debating the death of environmentalism, as
are many of their American counterparts. Yet, one environmentalist has
commented on a general mood of unease amongst fellow activists following the
victorious wilderness battles of the 1980s: ‘it is clear that the Australian
movement’s performance is weak when viewed against the challenges it faces’
(Christoff 1).

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Davison, A
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Humanities Review
ISSN: 1325-8338
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