Waterfall Environmental Science, Eighth Edition
Student Resources

Chapter 27: Law, Government, and Society

Direct Action: Does it Help or Hinder the Environmental Movement
In the Point/Counterpoint in Chapter 27, an economist and a wilderness activist debate whether direct action is counterproductive or effective. In the text, I asked you to summarize their views and consider which view most closely relates to your view on the subject. To explore the issue further, we invite you to check out the web sites listed below. As you examine each site, be certain to identify who is providing the information and any hidden agendas they might have. The questions posed below will help you evaluate the web sites and clarify your own opinion. Spend a few minutes reviewing them before you start reading the information posted at these sites.Furthering the Exploration: To help you evaluate the Web sites and clarify your own opinion, write down your answers to the following questions. Taking an active part in this exercise will help you prepare for discussions in and out of your class.

1. What new facts, ideas, and viewpoints, if any, did these web sites provide for you? How did they further your understanding of this issue? Be specific.

2. Did your examination and analysis of the material affect your support of one of the two viewpoints presented in the text? If so, explain how and why.

3. After reading the material, can you think of an alternative position other than those taken by the authors? Explain it.

4. Do you think that the information provided by all organizations and individuals at the web sites you visited was reliable and unbiased? How much of the information was scientific? How much was each viewpoint based on ethics?
The Center for Defense of Free Enterprise
This link goes directly to an essay explaining the Wise Use Movement mentioned in the Point side of the Point/Counterpoint.
Tidepool: News for the Rainforest Coast
Tidepool is an e-newspaper reporting on environmental news and issues affecting the North America's rain forest coast, the region from San Francisco to Anchorage. This link goes directly to an archived column examining the adverse effects of ecoterrorism.
Earth First! Journal
Earth First is one of the original direct action movements.
Rainforest Action Network
Links directly to the description of the Rainforest Action Network's mission, and their efforts at direct action. Explore the site for news and information on direct action campaigns.

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