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1.   The Club of Rome on the "Limits of Growth" (1972)
Charting the impact of economic growth on the population, the food supply, energy use, and the environment, a 1972 MIT study (sponsored by the Club of Rome and the Volkswagen Foundation)....
2.   Social Democratic Reflections on "Economic Growth or Quality of Life?" (April 11, 1972)
Speaking at a conference of the metalworkers’ union, the social democratic thinker Erhard Eppler pleads for a move away from unlimited economic growth – and its....
3.   Environmentalists Protest the Building of a Nuclear Power Plant in Wyhl (1975)
Through media attention, a conflict over the building of a nuclear power station in the Badensian village....
4.   Constitutional Implications of the Campaign against Nuclear Power (November 3, 1976)
A liberal commentator reflects on the ironies of a citizens’ movement that worked against the decisions of democratically elected bodies. He criticizes the costly use....
5.   Civic Movements between Peaceful Protest and Outbreaks of Violence (August 5, 1977)
One of the leading West German journalists analyzes the broad spectrum of participants in citizens’ movements,....
6.   Young Socialists Criticize the SPD's Lack of a Strategy vis-à-vis the Ecology Movement (1979)
In a position paper, the chairman of the Young Socialists (and later chancellor) Gerhard Schröder comments on the initial electoral success of the “Greens”....
7.   The Anti-Nuclear "Free Republic of Wendland" (May 30, 1980)
In order to prevent the federal government from establishing a permanent nuclear waste facility outside the town of Gorleben in Lower Saxony, five thousand environmental activists “occupied” a piece....
8.   Interview with an East German Environmental Initiative in Schwerin (1980)
Acting under the auspices of the Protestant Churches, East German youths began to address environmental problems....
9.   The Green Party Program at the Federal Level (1981)
A loose coalition of disparate environmental groups, including both conservationists and social revolutionaries, founded a Green....
10.   Comments on the Rapid Rise of Nuclear Fears (June 15, 1981)
In this op-ed piece, a critical journalist reflects on the proliferation of fears of nuclear annihilation in Germany. Such fears linked environmental protest with a growing peace....
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