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La percée du mouvement environnemental en 1989 : signification, importance et portée

The Green Break-through of 1989: Meaning, Significance and Legacy

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Publié le mercredi 13 octobre 2010 par Karim Hammou


Ce séminaire explorera la croissance remarquable du mouvement de protection de la nature et de l'environnement (particulièrement en Grande-Bretagne) à la fin des années 1980.


This witness seminar seeks to consider and contextualise the 'break-through' year of 1989 in the British environmental movement, through the testimony of leading figures of the time, and participation from the seminar's audience.

The seminar will examine the remarkable growth of the environmental movement in the late 1980s (seen through the flourishing income, profile and supporter base of leading NGOs such as Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF), culminating in 1989. It will explore how far NGOs were masters of their own destiny, or to what degree they were simply beneficiaries of a unique confluence of trends and circumstances. Finally, it will seek to understand why the break-through was not sustained into the 1990s, and assess what overall significance should be attributed to these years in the history of the British environmental movement.

Witnesses include:

  • Pam Alexander (Head of Publicity, Department of the Environment, 1987-1990)
  • Roger Geffen (London Cycling Campaign, Reclaim the Streets, anti-road protester, 1989-)
  • Robin Grove-White (Director, Campaign to Protect Rural England, 1981-1987)
  • Julia Hales (co-editor, Green Consumer Guide, 1988)
  • Stephen Joseph (Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport (Transport 2000), 1988 onwards)
  • George Medley (Director, WWF-UK, 1978-1993)
  • Peter Melchett (Executive Director, Greenpeace, 1989-2000)
  • Sara Parkin (Speaker, Green Party, 1989-1992)
  • Nicholas Schoon (Environment correspondent, The Independent, 1990-1998)
  • Charles Secrett (Director, Friends of the Earth, 1993-2002)

With the participation of:

  • Pr. Nick Crowson
  • Pr. Matthew Hilton
  • Dr. James McKay
  • Dr. Jean-françois Mouhot


  • 13.00 - 13.30: Register
  • 13:30 - 17:00: Witness Seminar
  • 17.00 - 18.30: Drinks reception

A Briefing Paper (PDF) is available from:

Places are limited and pre-registration for this event is essential. To register, please contact Herjeet Marway,   

The seminar is co-convened by the NGOs in Britain project, University of Birmingham, and the Centre for Contemporary British History at King's College, London (CCBH@King's). The convenors of this seminar would like to thank the Leverhulme Trust, for their financial support.

Please note: the purpose of a witness seminar is to provoke a round-table discussion that will allow contemporaries to explain their contribution and reflect upon their experiences, thereby producing material not currently captured by the historical record. The event, including all contributions from the audience, will be recorded and transcribed. Transcripts are sent to all contributors for their approval and contributors can redact their utterances, prior to publication. The approved text will be published and will be made available on the website of the CCBH@King's.


  • Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street
    Londres, Grande-Bretagne


  • jeudi 14 octobre 2010


  • histoire, environment, mouvements sociaux, écologie politique, Grande-Bretagne


  • Jean-François Mouhot
    courriel : jean-francois [dot] mouhot [at] iue [dot] it

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Source de l'information

  • Jean-François Mouhot
    courriel : jean-francois [dot] mouhot [at] iue [dot] it

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