Conservation Experts and the Environmental Age: IUCN and the Rise of International Environmental Policymaking During the 1960s and 1970s

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In many ways, the wave of new environmentalism that emerged in the 1960s was a reaction to post-war economic growth, globalization, and a new planetary concern over environmental degradation. ¹ The 1960s and 1970s, the so-called ‘environmental age’, saw the emergence of a new environmental discourse on the limits of the planet’s carrying capacity, triggering the rise of international environmental politics. Among those who welcomed and promoted the new discourse, were the established groups of naturalists, such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUNESCO & International Social Science Council
Media of outputBlog
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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