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The Greenest Nation?A New History of German Environmentalism$
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Frank Uekötter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027328

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027328.001.0001

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How Green After All? An Epilogue

How Green After All? An Epilogue

German Environmentalism, 1945 to 1980

(p.177) How Green After All? An Epilogue
The Greenest Nation?

Frank Uekötter

The MIT Press

The chapter seeks to assess where Germany is standing on environmental issues. Drawing on a number of rankings, it highlights accomplishments in the fight against pollution, in nature protection, and in the promotion of renewable energy sources. It also notes that Germany is underperforming when it comes to agriculture and forestry. Politicians continue to devote much attention to green causes, and lifestyles bear the imprint of ecological ideas. But at the same time, prospects for quick improvements look dim. Germany will likely remain one of the greenest countries in Europe, but that distinction may shrink when other countries catch up. If Germany is currently standing on the verge of another boom of environmentalism, that boom will surely look much different from what we have seen in the past.

Keywords:   environmental performance, renewable energy, climate change, environmentalism in transition

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