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University of Calgary Press Spring 2019

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Environmental Activism on the Ground
Small Green and Indigenous Organizing
1st edition
Edited by: Jonathan Clapperton Edited by: Liza Piper Contributions by: Jessica DeWitt Contributions by: Sterling Evans Contributions by: Zoltan Grossman Contributions by: Mark Leeming Contributions by: Mark McLaughlin Contributions by: John Welch Contributions by: Anna Willow Contributions by: Frank Zelko
9781773850047 Paperback, Trade English Professional/Scholarly NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection Jan 31, 2019
$39.99 CAD
Forthcoming 6 x 9 x 1 in | 580 gr 368 pages b&w maps, charts, photograph, bibliography University of Calgary Press
Environmental Activism on the Ground draws upon a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarship to examine small scale, local environmental activism, paying particular attention to Indigenous experiences. It illuminates the questions that are central to the ongoing evolution of the environmental movement while reappraising the history and character of late twentieth and early twenty-first environmentalism in Canada, the United States, and beyond.

This collection considers the different ways in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists have worked to achieve significant change. It examines attempts to resist exploitative and damaging resource developments, and the establishment of parks, heritage sites, and protected areas that recognize the indivisibility of cultural and natural resources. It pays special attention to the thriving environmentalism of the 1960s through the 1980s, an era which saw the rise of major organizations such as Greenpeace along with the flourishing of local and community-based environmental activism.

Environmental Activism on the Ground illuminates and emphasizes the effects of local and Indigenous activism, offering lessons and directions from the ground up. It demonstrates that the modern environmental movement has been as much a small-scale, ordinary activity as a large-scale, elite one.

With Contributions By: 

Jonathan Clapperton, Jessica M. DeWitt, Sterling Evans, Zoltán Grossman, Tobasonakwut Peter Kinew, Mark Leeming, Mark J. McLauchlin, Liza Piper, John R. Welsch, Anna J. Willow, Frank Zelko 

Jonathan Clapperton is an adjunct professor in the Department of History at the University of Victoria. He specializes in Indigenous history and culture in the North American West, and works as an expert witness and historical consultant for numerous Indigenous communities.

Liza Piper is an environmental historian and associate professor of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. She is the author of The Industrial Transformation of Subarctic Canada and editor of Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments.

Environmental Activism on the Ground succeeds splendidly in complicating and enriching our understanding of modern environmentalism. Focusing on Indigenous and non–Indigenous activists in an impressive range of settings, Jonathan Clapperton and Liza Piper draw together and interpret diverse methodological and conceptual insights in a way that gives new, deserved prominence to those who have strived—and continue to strive—for environmental justice at the local level. These accounts left me both enlightened and heartened. Scholars from across the humanities and social sciences will welcome this volume.

—Richard A. Rajala, Department of History, University of Victoria

Jonathan Clapperton and Liza Piper have assembled a remarkable collection of essays revealing previously hidden histories of local and Indigenous environmental activism. Environmental Activism on the Ground is a timely and captivating volume that deserves attention not just from scholars, but also from readers with even a casual interest in the diverse an creative ways Canadians have responded to environmental challenges.

–John Sandlos, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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