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The Beginnings of an Ecological Movement: Greenpeace

Frank Zelko’s in depth article, “Making Greenpeace: The Development of Direct Action Environmentalism in British Columbia,” offers an astute analysis of the ideological and societal events that led to the formation of Greenpeace.  Through this piece, Zelko deftly traces the historical lineage of North American environmental movements, straight from the Quaker pacifists to the anti-nuclear protests of the 1960s and 1970s. Greenpeace is one of the world’s most influential and long-lasting environmental movements in history. Their work spans the globe and decades. Through exploring Greenpeace’s unlikely beginnings, the author Zelko sheds light on the historical relationship between anti-war movements and ecological movements, as well as the possibility for ordinary citizens to affect change. Read the rest of this entry