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Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images

Finis Dunaway


Certain images stand out as icons of American environmentalism: a 1971 public service announcement featuring the “Crying Indian,” who sheds a tear in response to litter and pollution; the cooling towers of Three Mile Island, site of a notorious nuclear power accident in 1979; the sorrowful spectacle of oil-soaked wildlife following the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill; and, more recently, Al Gore delivering his global-warming slideshow in An Inconvenient Truth. These images, and others like them, have helped make environmental consciousness central to American public culture. Yet most historical accoun ... More

Keywords: environmentalism, public culture, popular environmentalism, environmental crisis, media images, visual media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226169903
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226169934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Finis Dunaway, author
Trent University