A popular environmentalism

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Our sense of where we live is deeply embedded within the economy; the availability of decent local jobs and housing is at the heart of our relationship to our neighbourhood. And our sense of our own place and environment is for many of us the source of our concern for the wider planet. The environmental movement needs to shift away from a politics of exhortation and reconnect to this sense of relationship with our material surroundings. The environmental movement also needs to end its entanglement with government-inspired managerialism and utilitarianism. Vested interests are the main obstacle to the creation of a greener world, and defeating such interests requires taking on the elite rather than submitting to its arcane and obfuscating world of committees and audits.

Keywords: ENVIRONMENTALISM; GREEN POLITICS; MANAGERIALISM; NEIGHBOURHOOD; PLACE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/136266212802019407

Publication date: July 20, 2012

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