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Environmental Conflict and the Media


Edited By Libby Lester and Brett Hutchins

Has the hype associated with the «revolutionary» potential of the World Wide Web and digital media for environmental activism been muted by the past two decades of lived experience? What are the empirical realities of the prevailing media landscape?
Using a range of related disciplinary perspectives, the contributors to this book analyze and explain the complicated relationship between environmental conflict and the media. They shine light on why media are central to historical and contemporary conceptions of power and politics in the context of local, national and global issues and outline the emerging mixture of innovation and reliance on established strategies in environmental campaigns.
With cases drawn from different sections of the globe – Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, Latin America, China, Japan, the Pacific Islands, Africa – the book demonstrates how conflicts emanate from and flow across multiple sites, regions and media platforms and examines the role of the media in helping to structure collective discussion, debate and decision-making.
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Afterword: Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens


This is an extract of an address to the Environmental Politics and Conflict in an Age of Digital Media symposium, University of Tasmania, 17–18 November 2011




My activist life in Australia has spanned the rise of the environment movement, beginning with the formation of the world’s first Green party, the United Tasmania Group, in the early 1970s to protest against the flooding of Lake Pedder. In the early 1980s, I was arrested and jailed for my involvement in the Franklin River campaign, globally renowned as a major environmental campaign. I also led the Wesley Vale campaign, protesting a major pulp mill which was to be built in the North West of Tasmania on prime agricultural land.

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