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SurroundingsA History of Environments and Environmentalisms$
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Etienne S. Benson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226706153

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226706320.001.0001

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What Might the Environment Become?

What Might the Environment Become?

(p.193) Conclusion What Might the Environment Become?

Etienne S. Benson

University of Chicago Press

This concluding chapter surveys recent critiques of the concept of environment by scholars, scientists, and activists and responds to them by arguing that the concept remains useful precisely because it can be and has been defined and materialized in a variety of forms. As evidence for the concept’s continuing vitality, the chapter describes a number of emerging forms of environmentalism that build on the varieties of environmental thought described in the previous chapters while refashioning the concept to suit their own aims and circumstances. These include the scientific environmentalism of critical zone science, the artistic environmentalism of the Aerocene project, the indigenous environmentalism of the #NoDAPL movement, and the scholarly environmentalism of the environmental humanities. The chapter concludes by arguing that the histories recounted in this book help us see what is novel and distinctive about these emerging environmentalisms, as well as what kinds of conditions may be required for them to thrive in the future.

Keywords:   environmental art, environmental science, environmental humanities, environmental activism, indigenous rights, critical zone science, Aerocene, #NoDAPL, Dakota Access Pipeline

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