Chernobyl – Turning Point or Catalyst?

Страна: Германия

Город: Berlin

Тезисы до: 31.07.2016

Даты: 02.12.16 — 03.12.16

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Организаторы: Heinrich Boll Stiftung


Does Chernobyl constitute a turning point in the history of environmental policy and politics?  Around  the  world  environmental  policy  was  introduced in  the  early  1970s  as  a  new  policy  area  and  arena  of  political  and  societal  conflict.  However, from  mid - 1970s  onwards,  as  a  result of the  oil crisis,  the new policy  came to be  increasingly challenged , and considered an  obstacle to  traditional  economic  growth objectives.  Notably in West Germany,  environmental  policy’s great leap forward only  happened  in the 1980s.  The debate about the dying forests  led  to  the  introduction  of  new  filter  technologies  and  catalytic  converters  to  stop  acid  rain  from  killing  trees  and  harming  people.  It  was  the  shock  o f  Chernobyl,  however,  that  convinced  the  West  German  government  to  eventually  establish a  separate  ministry  of  the  environment at the fe deral level.

The conference seeks to  focus on the different actors that shaped environmental policy: 

(1) Political parties, 

(2) Courts of law, government administrations and bureaucracies, and scientific experts, 

(3) environmental movements, 

(4) business groups, utilities and industry and

(5) media.

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