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Environmentalism, International

Environmentalism is typically defined as the promotion of the preservation of the natural world and its protection from anthropogenic degradation. Some argue that global environmentalism began during the 1650s Enlightenment; others during British imperialism. In one of its earliest forms, it is defined through the perspective of the British Empire in relation to its forested land, which was under protection to sustain timber harvesting. During this period, British colonization transformed the way that the motherland perceived nature. In this example, the view of environmentalism began in the British colonies of India, and moved to colonies of Africa and Australia, before finally spreading to Canada and the United States. Another belief of its origin lies in India, with tribal religions and Hinduism during the 4th and ...

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