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The Influence of Green Groups on the Policy of the United StatesAbstract This research examines the relationship between environmental groupsand the policies of the United States The United States political systemhas been historically anthropocen-tric or human centered Environmentalgroups have been attempting to change this to a biocentric or ecocentricviewpoint which includes the rights of animals and the environment Theseviews are nature centered instead of human centered This study will answerthe question of whether these groups have been effective at altering UnitedStates policies This will be done through the study of views offered byboth sides Also a survey will be used to determine whether congressmenviews are consistent with environmentalist views It will also presentwhether policy change has taken place and if these changes have remainedintact through the study of past congressional decisionsResearch Problem1 Research QuestionHave environmental groups strategies been successful at altering the policiesof the United States2 Rational for the ResearchThis research will help environmental groups to identify the effectivenessof their strategies This is necessary forthese groups to effectively alter the policies of the United States whichis one of the largest polluters in the worldIf their strategies are ineffective then it will be necessary for them toreassess their methods Without the useproductive methods these groups will not be able to protect the environmentAnimals plants and the entire ecosystemmust have the same protection as humans have An ecocentric viewpoint establishesthe right of the environment to havelegal standing This gives people the ability to defend the right of an animalto exist with the same rights ashumans Without this protection people will be just as negatively affectedas the environment The earth must bethought of as a living organism if one part is hurt then the whole planetwill feel the effects Unfortunatelybusiness and governments take the stance that the earth is more like a machineThat is at times if a part is hurt itcan be repaired without it effecting the whole systemLiterature ReviewThe literature on environmental groups and their influence
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