Environmentalism in Transition? Emerging Perspectives, Issues and Futures Practices in Contemporary Environmentalism

by Stephen McGrail


In this article I consider desired and in-progress reframing of environmentalism to better “fit” and influence the contemporary context. This review is structured by the Transformation Cycle, a critical futures studies tool. Emerging perspectives, issues and practices are highlighted and interpreted to contribute to research and action pursuing more sustainable futures. I draw on Dryzek’s model of competing environmental discourses and the concept of “waves” of environmentalism, and ask: is environmentalism in transition? The article presents evidence of increased “futurism” (as defined by Jim Dator) in environmental movements and new forms of “positive dissent” (as defined by Richard Slaughter) that demonstrate significant innovations in the use of futures methods to create desired futures.(continue..)

View PDF