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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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German Environmentalism in Mid Passage

German Environmentalism in Mid Passage

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The Greenest Nation?

Frank Uekötter

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Germany's commitment to environmental causes looks stable for the foreseeable future, and yet a feeling of discontent has spread since the 1990s. German environmentalism is in crisis, with the sentiment being amplified by a gnawing uncertainty what the crisis is really about. Rather than concluding on an upbeat note, the conclusion visits a number of active construction sites: the broadening of the political agenda, the growing significance of culture and lifestyles for environmental sustainability, the corporatist entanglement of NGOs and policymakers, the globalization of environmental policy and civic activism and the need to incorporate views from the Global South. Green causes are bound to mesh more with broader demands for social justice, making the limits of environmental concerns increasingly blurry. With many easy problems solved and other, more intricate ones defying ultimate solutions, environmentalism will need to find a new political style.

Keywords:   future of environmentalism, green lifestyles, environmental and social justice, corporatism, global environmental policy, globalization of civic activism, Global South, future of environmental policy

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