Think Local, Act Global: Discourses of Environment and Local Protest

  • Joanne Jordan
  • Nigel Gilbert


The standard appeal to ecological awareness, ‘Think global, act local’, suggests that appropriate interaction between humans and the environment at the local level will somehow follow on from acknowledgement of universal needs and principles. This chapter demonstrates how an alternative understanding, in which the supremacy of ‘local’ knowledge is affirmed, may be proposed effectively as the appropriate model for human-environment interaction. The chapter presents an analysis of the claims articulated during a year-long dispute over the siting of a hazardous waste incinerator in Derry, Northern Ireland. The analysis uses written material, primarily newspaper reports supplemented by other texts such as correspondence and pamphlets which were circulated during the course of the debate. All of this written material is examined as the principal means by which participants communicated with one another and with a wider audience whose support they were attempting to elicit.


Hazardous Waste Environmental Representation Environmental Future Shared Character Hazardous Waste Incinerator 
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  • Nigel Gilbert

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