PHIL 2500 Ecoterrorism GP.pptx

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used the term to describe Saddam Hussein : “Saddam was unquestionably the greatest eco-terrorist in history. During the Gulf War, he produced the worst deliberate oil spill ever. He followed that with the worst oil-well fires ever. Then came perhaps the most astonishing ecological crime in history: deliberately draining the marshes of Southern Iraq…”
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TERRORIZING THE ENVIRONMENT That’s how the term has been used by both wildlife officials in Canada and the Earth Liberation Front Press Office , to name a few.
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POLLUTION
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LITTERING THE EARTH Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Possibly as large as Texas.
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MINING RESOURCES
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DEFORESTATION
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INFRASTRUCTURE
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FACTORY FARMING
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TERRORIZING IN DEFENSE OF THE ENVIRONMENT The FBI defines “eco-terrorism” as “the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally-oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.”
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GROUPS Earth Liberation Front Animal Liberation Front
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EXAMPLES Setting fire to: housing complexes, meat packing plants, lumber yards, vail ski resort, SUV’s, Construction equipment, GE crops and other things that threaten wildlife and the sustainability of life on earth. One Seattle subdivision was built near a stream that supports endangered salmon, and some opponents worried the homes would pollute the creek and nearby wetlands. ARGUMENTS AGAINST Some environmental groups fear that the violent extremism displayed by groups like ELF could create a backlash against the entire environmental movement and make it harder for more mainstream groups to effect change.
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HISTORY According to the FBI , eco-terror was born in 1977. The most well-known group linked to eco-terror in the U.S., the Earth Liberation Front, or ELF, was formed when some members of the group Earth First! became frustrated with what they saw as an insufficient pace of change and began a group that would engage in more violent, direct action. Like the members of ELF, eco-terrorists are radical environmentalists who believe traditional ways of bringing about change are not adequate. They view politicians as ineffective and believe that if something is to be done,
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  • Fall '07
  • Canadian
  • Earth Liberation Front, Eco-terrorism, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM VS, Activism Case Study, Terrorism Case Study

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