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1 Copyright (c) 2001 Boston College Law School Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review 2001 28 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 497 LENGTH: 20989 words COMMENT: The American Environmental Movement: Surviving Through Diversity NAME: Stacy J. Silveira* BIO: * Managing Editor, BOSTON COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS LAW REVIEW, 2000--01. This Note is dedicated to David Chavous. LEXISNEXIS SUMMARY: ... The rise of grassroots environmentalism within the environmental movement illustrates the transformation of envi- ronmentalism as an ideology into a full-fledged social movement. As a social movement, the environmental movement has reached its apex with the rise of grassroots environmentalism. Grassroots environmentalism, fueled by anger, energy, and a commitment to democratic processes, has strengthened the environmental movement by introducing di- versity and expanding the concept of environmentalism. . .. Moreover, grassroots environmentalism cuts across ethnic, racial, and class barriers to introduce a diversity previously absent from the environmental movement. . .. THE EN- VIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT AS A SOCIAL MOVEMENT: SURVIVING THROUGH DIVERSITYA. The Struc- ture of a Social Movement: The Endurance of the American Environmental Movement The endurance of the American environmental movement has puzzled social movement scholars. . .. The environmental movement has endured, puzzling social movement scholars, precisely because of its structure. . .. Rather, the spontaneity and diversity of the environ- mental movement comes from grassroots environmentalism, which is "rooted in communities and constituencies seeking to address issues . . . of where and how people live, work, and play." . .. B. Locating the Environmental Movement in Social Movement Theory ... HIGHLIGHT: Abstract: This Note examines the transformation of the American environmental movement into a social movement. First, it provides a history of the American environmental movement. The environmental movement is traced from its origins as an upper-class movement with a wilderness-centered ideology, to its transformation into a richer more diverse membership and an ideology inclusive of the urban environment. Next, the theoretical underpinnings of the en- vironmental movement in social movement theory are highlighted. Finally, the question of whether grassroots environ- mental groups should protest or litigate, and how the legal system can be strategically used by grassroots environmental groups, is examined. TEXT: [*497] INTRODUCTION The rise of grassroots environmentalism within the environmental movement illustrates the transformation of envi- ronmentalism as an ideology into a full-fledged social movement. As a social movement, the environmental movement has reached its apex with the rise of grassroots environmentalism. n1
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