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The contested Lake Pedder as seen from Mount Eliza in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in 2009. The United Tasmania Group was unable to prevent the construction of a dam on this lake but did inspire many other groups and political parties.
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The United Tasmania Group (UTG) was the world's first green political party and its formation marked a major turning point for the global environmental movement. The UTG was created in 1972 from protest groups opposed to the construction of a dam in the southwest of the Australian state of Tasmania. Although the group was relatively short-lived, its legacy is twofold. First, its manifesto identified principles that have recurred in later international initiatives. Second, it catalyzed the creation of new environmental groups ...

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