Illinois life: An environmental testament

Eric T. Freyfogle

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This essay was prepared at the request of the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC), an organization that serves as the central voice in the Illinois state capital for state-based environmental groups. Now a quarter-century old, the IEC advocates for informed and forward-looking decision making by government. It calls for public policies that give due weight to the land community, as well as for greater involvement by citizens in matters affecting their natural environment. One of the educational aims of the IEC is to help Illinois citizens better understand what environmentalism is all about. This essay, a part of that educational effort, surveys for diverse audiences more or less the whole field of environmental thought in the United States, with a particular focus on issues facing Midwestern farm states like Illinois. The assignment was an ambitious one, overly so really, given the breadth, diversity, and dynamism that characterizes the environmental movement. Inevitably, the synthesis reflects the personal interpretations of the author, Professor Eric T. Freyfogle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1081
Number of pages1
JournalUniversity of Illinois Law Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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