Environmental activism refers to the coming together of various groups of individuals and organizations that work in collaboration in social, scientific, political, and conservational fields with the main purpose of addressing environmental concerns.
These people and organizations are collectively part of the green movement, green living, or environmental sustainability and do have a common agenda on protecting and preserving the environment.
The most significant ideology these people share in terms of ideas is coming up with solutions to environmental problems.
Environmental activists have fought a David vs. Goliath battles government and multi- national corporations against non-eco-friendly practices especially in industries like mining, and manufacturing.
These industries are notorious for their activities polluting the environment. It is very evident that the fight is yielding results with some governments opting for clean sources of energy, recycling and enforcing sustainable practices in industries that have huge impacts on the environment.
Problems of Environmental Activism
Environmental activists have severally come head to head with multi-national corporations and governments and have come out in the losing end. Environmental activists have been detained or even killed in as in the case of Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Some ecological movement become disenchanted when some of its leaders accept government posts, such as the case in Mexico where civil activism fluctuates with the presidential elections that occur every six years.