Environmentalism, Civic and Nongovernmental

Civic environmentalism, a movement born in the 1990s, refers to a social action approach in which citizens come together to find solutions toward environmental problems or concerns. The goal is to better their community by way of participation and democracy and to ensure sustainable green policies and practices for the future. Most civic environmentalism groups embrace the idea of limited government regulation; in general, they encourage community members to engage with government and other groups, such as environmental nongovernment organizations (NGOs), and take ownership of environmental practices and legislation occurring in their communities. Civic environmentalism does not foster expectations of top-down government action to solve unilaterally environmental problems on its own. In other words, the participation of individuals, communities, and grassroots organizations is a crucial ...

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