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Transnational Environmentalism in the Americas 
Will Wright (Augustana University (South Dakota, USA))
Kristen Greteman (Iowa State University)
Jacey Anderson (Duke University)
Sierra Standish (University of Colorado)
Frank Zelko (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
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Frank Zelko (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Navigating Conflict, Governance, and Activism
Room 3
Tuesday 20 August, -
Time zone: Europe/Helsinki
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Short Abstract:

While scholarship has focused on international conservation politics, it is less well understood how environmental movements translates across national divides. This panel examines the social and political connections that organizers have made across the Americas to address environmental issues.

Long Abstract:

Protecting mobile nature has typically been addressed by state-to-state actions through international conservation politics from migratory birds (De Bont, 2021) to whales (Dorsey, 2013), pollution (Langston, 2017) to “peace” parks (Howkins et al., 2016). Governing bodies like the United Nations Environmental Programme (McNeill, 2001) or international NGOs like the World Wide Fund for Nature (Fraser, 2009) take center stage in these narratives, emphasizing the top-down measures from scientists and government officials and scientists. However, transnational environmentalism as bottom-up organizing has received less scholarly attention (Avanell, 2013; Zelko, 2013; Brüggemeier, 2016). Grassroots movements tend to be connected to livelihood, land, and labor (Guha, 1999; Barca, 2012, Estes, 2019; Fernandes, 2020), involving social justice demands that Joan Martinez-Alier (2003) termed “environmentalism of the poor.” How did grassroots organizers build social and political connections in other nation-states to help meet their goals? How do these transnational solidarities make a difference in changing environmental policies?

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Session 1 Tuesday 20 August, 2024, -