Consuming Nature: Environmentalism in the Fox River Valley, 1850-1950

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Summers, Gregory. Consuming Nature: Environmentalism in the Fox River Valley, 1850-1950. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2006.

Environmental debates often pit the protection of nature against economic growth. But as Gregory Summers reveals, environmentalism has unsuspected roots in consumerism that extend deeper than our present-day dilemmas. […] Summers tracks the widening separation between production and consumption over a hundred years, a transformation that helps to explain the polarized character of modern environmental politics. He reveals that the redefinition of nature upon which environmentalism relied was the product of the very forces it opposed, a dilemma whose origins lay in the unexpected connection between the efficient use of natural resources and the growing movement to value nature in its own right. In this way, Summers shows that modern environmentalism is among the most important legacies of a consumer society. — The University Press of Kansas website.