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In Defence of Home Places

Environmental Activism in Nova Scotia

As environmental deterioration became a major social and political issue near the end of the twentieth century, activists in Nova Scotia stood together to defend the places they called home. Political radicals and conservatives alike worked to achieve legislative and social success, even as they disagreed over fundamental principles. In Defence of Home Places examines the diversity of this movement, its early accomplishments, and the disagreements that caused its eventual weakening and division. It places Nova Scotian environmental activism within national and international contexts and explores the choices and tactics that brought about its greatest successes and failures.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Environmental Action and the Question of Scale / Graeme Wynn


1 At Home and Abroad: The Genesis of Environmentalism

2 The Two MECs: Anti-Nuclear Environmentalism

3 Power from the People: The Anti-Chemical Campaigns

4 Two Environmentalisms: Uranium and Radicalism

5 Watermelons and Market Greens: Legacies of Early Activism




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