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Environmental Activism 1 The large mainstream environmentalism groups started to compromise too much with regulatory agencies and bureaus starting with the Glen Canyon Dam project This began an estrangement with the mainstreams that culminated in the rise of more militant groups like Earth First Glen Canyon represented what was fundamentally wrong with the countrys conservation policies arrogant government officials motivated by a quasireligious zeal to industrialize the natural world and a diffident bureaucratic leadership in the mainstream environmental organizations that more or less willingly collaborated in this process The mainstream environmental groups and government held the premise that mankind should control and manage the natural world The radicals held that our technological culture with its intrusions on natural world had to be curtailed perhaps even undone to keep the ecology of this planet and our role in it viable It marked a shift from a rearguard strategy mainstream to protect wilderness to an affirmative attempt to roll back the artifacts of civilization to restore the world to the point where natural processes such as the flow of rivers could continue The mainstream environmental movement is now perceived by many as out of touch with peoples deep concern about environmental degradation has become systematized The activists use approaches such as industrial vandalism or ecotage to foster dramatic results Some other methods employed are tree spiking tree sitting road blockading demonstrations tree pinning ship sinking dam breaking and outright terrorist-type sabotage bombing power stations bridges power line etc There may be some complimentary results of the efforts of both mainstream and radical groups The large environmental organizations while denouncing the radicals confrontational activities have then been able to use their ample finances to take the campaign to Congress or the courts with the impetus of public support the radicals generated 2 With Soules quote including Vertebrate evolution may be at an end it means that the civilization complex has lost its
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