This section of DiscoverTheNetworks focuses on individuals who promote the agendas of radical environmentalism, a movement whose goal is not the advancement of human health, human happiness, and human life, but rather the creation of a world where "nature" is deemed to have "inherent value" that ought to be revered for its own sake, irrespective of any benefit to mankind. Radical environmentalists espouse "deep ecology," which asserts that the environment is an end in itself and that man is an intruder -- if not a rapist and despoiler -- who should have no greater priority than any other species. From this axiom, they reason that any human action that changes the environment is necessarily immoral.
The RESOURCES column on the right side of this page contains a link to the section where profiles of radical environmentalists can be found. It also contains links to articles, essays, books, and videos that explore, in depth, a variety of topics related to the activities and objectives of these environmental activists. Specifically, these resources examine:
- the so-called "Climategate" scandal that erupted in late November 2009, when it was learned that a number of leading American and British climatologists who had argued that mankind's industrial activity was causing a dangerous warming trend in the earth's atmosphere, had intentionally manipulated the evidence in order to provide "proof" that their warnings were justified;
- the anti-capitalist, pro-socialist agendas -- rooted in the premise that free-market economies are inherently inimical to nature -- that motivate many radical environmentalists;
- the widespread acceptance of radical environmentalism's tenets as
articles of faith that are not subject to doubt or to scientific
- how the religious Left has embraced many of radical environmentalism's agendas;
- the question of whether or not the United States should drill for oil not only in the known reserves of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) of northeastern Alaska, but also elsewhere in the U.S.;
- radical environmentalists' contention that the production of nuclear energy is exceedingly dangerous to the well-being of people and the natural world alike, and thus should be avoided;
- the rejection of coal as a viable energy source, on grounds that its combustion allegedly causes high levels of air pollution;
- the ways in which eco-terrorists use violence and vandalism to strike economic blows against industries that they claim are destructive of the natural environment;
- the role that radical environmentalists played in forestalling the construction of levees that could have prevented Hurricane Katrina from devastating New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in August of 2005;
- how radical environmentalism has made its way into the worldview and the work product of the entertainment industry in Hollywood;
- the antithesis of radical environmentalism -- a rational perspective that seeks to strike a balance between a healthy respect for the natural world and its resources on the one hand, and a recognition of the potential benefits that mankind and nature alike may derive from industrial progress on the other; and
- the ideological transformations of individuals who formerly identified themselves as members of the environmentalist Left and who proudly allied themselves with the worldviews and crusades that defined it.