FYS 101 Eco-Warriors, Tree-Huggers, and Sellouts

From novels to memoirs, film to The Colbert Report, and Capitol Hill to The New York Times, how are environmentalists presented in American culture? Do they stand up for an important cause, or stand in the way of progress and development? Are they brave champions for environmental justice, or dangerous domestic terrorists? We will investigate the ways that this social movement is depicted in various media, by both outsiders and environmental activists themselves. In so doing, the class will consider ways these portrayals might affect citizen attitudes toward environmental issues, and the actions we take (or don’t take) to protect natural resources. As part of our exploration of the local environmental movement, the class will include a sailing field trip with Clearwater on the Hudson River.