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Although the environmental movement is one that involves people from all around the world sharing similar ideals, there is also a growing divide between the regular environmentalists and the extremists. Peaceful protests, boycotts and letter writing have categorized much of the environmental movement. However, starting around the 1990s certain environmental groups became disappointed and overwhelmed with frustration that nothing was being accomplished by simply following the rules. This is when civil disobedience, law breaking and monkey wrenching began to make headlines. What started out as environmentalists trying to make a point, turned into wide scale sabotage and fear. This transformed the media’s view of environmentalists from peaceful protestors to domestic terrorists and posed the question, where do we draw the line?
An environmental group that was a front-runner in the ‘eco-terrorist’ movement and in the headlines in the 1990s was the Earth Liberation Front. Although the effectiveness of the ecotage seemed to spiral downward towards the end of the group’s existence, their …
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