Dark Green: Exposing the Hidden Aspects of Environmentalism

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We live in a world where the realities of climate change are starting to become increasingly recognized as more and more people are affected by the consequences of unsustainable actions. Certain environmental issues like energy efficiency and endangered species are starting to draw attention from the mainstream media, with large news organizations such as the New York Times, The Guardian, and the LA Times featuring “Environmental” sections on their webpages.

However, what continues to intrigue me is the so-called “underside” of the environmental movement which rarely gets brought to light by mainstream news media outlets. Issues like greenwashing, ecoterrorism, and radical environmentalism, among many others, are gaining momentum and influence in societies, and have the potential to pose serious threats to the dominant social structures that play such a critical role in shaping what we know and how we think, often conveyed to us through means of media.

What is the average American’s perception of the environmental movement? How do major news corporations distort the realities of the environmental movement in mainstream media? What differing stances exist towards environmentalism, and how are these stances currently altering and influencing American society today? These are a sampling of the kinds of questions I plan to address in my blog over time.

The goal of my blog will be to provide my readers with a clearer understanding of the full realm of actions being taken by global citizens in the name of environmentalism as well as a more informed perspective regarding the ways in which their daily lives are shaped by these actions more or less invisibly.  I will be drawing on a wide variety of different mainstream, alternative, and independent news sources- some general and some specific to environmental issues- in addition to many organizations, nonprofits, and NGOs who work to address environmentalism from very distinct angles.

By utilizing a vast collection of resources, and analyzing multiple perspectives on every issue, I hope to present a holistic representation of the environmental movement that emphasizes the unearthing of both the negative and the underreported aspects that are so often overlooked.