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Nandaputra Harsono 860475310 6 . 4 . 07 Soc . 184 Prof . Chase-Dunn The Environmental Movement of Greenpeace Environmentalism is a concern for the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment, such as the conservation of natural resources, prevention of pollution, and certain land use actions . It often supports the struggles of indigenous peoples against the spread of globalization to their way of life, which is seen as less harmful to the environment . Environmentalism has its roots in the mid to late 19th Century United States with individuals such as John Muir and Henry David Thoreau . Thoreau was interested in peoples' relationship with nature and studied this by living close to nature in a simple life . He published his experiences in the book Walden, which argues that people should become intimately close with nature . Muir came to believe in nature's inherent right, especially after spending time hiking in Yosemite Valley and studying both the ecology and geology . He successfully lobbied congress to form Yosemite National Park and went on to set up the Sierra Club . The conservationist
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principles as well as the belief in an inherent right of nature were to become the bedrock of modern environmentalism . Environmental movements have been a major part of our current society . Without environmental social movements, our society would be completely ignorant to our own destructive habits against the planet . There are numerous social movements, ranging from mild to radical; but a well-known environmental social movement is Greenpeace, and their actions resonate throughout the world . Greenpeace originally started in 1971 because of nuclear testing . According to the Greenpeace website, “it was created the day a handful of determined activists leased a small fishing vessel, called the Phyllis Cormack, and set sail from Vancouver for Amchitka Island in Alaska . Their mission was to protest U . S . nuclear testing off the coast of Alaska with a brave act of defiance: to place themselves in harm’s way . Despite being intercepted by the U . S . Coast Guard, these daring activists sailed into history by bringing worldwide attention to the dangers of nuclear testing” (Greenpeace USA) . Greenpeace has made many people realize that the damage that we cause on earth will ultimately take its toll and we will suffer for our actions .
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