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An alarming development: the dominance of the sustainability discourse in the green movement

What are the various discourses that circulate in the green movement? Geographer Andrew McGregor explored this question in discussions with five different groups from a variety of backgrounds within the green movement in Australia: The Wilderness Society, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Sydney-based Earthworks programme, a second-year university course in environmental geography, and the Byron Environment Centre.

McGregor’s primary interest is to look at the ways in which environmentally concerned individuals have “come to construct and give meaning to nature” and the “social norms and conventions that constrain and enable what can be acceptably said.” He suggests that understanding which discourse(s) are dominant and acceptable in the green movement goes a long way to showing us “the future directions of the movement” (p.594).

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