• Chiara Certomà


Since its very beginning in the nineteenth century, environmental thinking was characterized by the presence of different interpretations of the relationship between society and nature. The emergence of scientific environmentalism in the 1970s was welcomed as a synthesis bringing together scientific and social perspectives. As a consequence, in a few years environmental thinking reached the peak of public interest giving rise to the green diplomacy of UN summits, grassroots commitment, green political theory and green-business managerialism. However, while the progressive mainstreaming of environmental thinking attracted the most disparate supporters, it also slipped out of environmentalists’ hands, and determined its progressive de-politicization—up to a seemingly death. Is this the very fate of environmentalism?


Scientific environmentalism green diplomacy green managerialism environmental thinking 


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  1. 1.Scuola Superiore Sant’AnnaPisaItaly

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