Created By: Andygal on July 25, 2012 Last Edited By: Andygal on July 26, 2012

Environmentalist Extremists

Insane and violent environmentalists

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Do We Have This Already? I looked on the politics trope page but couldn't find it.

This is a trope for those well meaning but crazy individuals that take environmentalism to absurd and possibly criminal lengths, these people will bomb oil pipelines, violently disrupt development and accuse anybody who disagrees with them of being in the pocket of Big Business.

Related to Animal Wrongs Group, and sometimes overlaps if they are making a fuss over wildlife in particular. May overlap with Evil Luddite if they believe that technology is inherently a threat to the environment and want to get rid of it.

Was inspired by this Not Always Right entry.
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  • July 25, 2012
    surgoshan
    • The Prince Roger series features these as the villains opposed to the Empire of Man. They're an interstellar empire of environmentalist extremists who are a Strawman Political nation for the authors.
  • July 25, 2012
    Bisected8
    Is there anything to distinguish this from being Animal Wrongs Group But More So?
  • July 25, 2012
    HonestGent
    This is basically Well Intentioned Extremist. You almost say as much in the description. At best it seems to be an offshoot of Animal Wrongs Group.
  • July 25, 2012
    Stratadrake
    The word "eco terrorist" immediately springs to mind after seeing the title.
  • July 25, 2012
    ShadowHog
  • July 25, 2012
    dalek955
    • The Gaians in Freelancer fit this mold, staging murderous attacks on terraforming companies, polluting industries, their allies, and anyone else they deem an environmental threat. Even though terraformed planets were just lifeless iceballs before humans showed up, and most pollution is tossed into the nearest sun.
  • July 25, 2012
    SharleeD
    ^^^^^ Environmentalists tend to be most concerned with wild nature -- animals, plants, whole ecosystems, air & water quality, global conditions -- whereas animal-rights groups are typically more focused on captive animals' welfare. There's some overlap, but also a lot of incompatible views; an Animal Wrongs Group, for example, might advocate releasing livestock into the wild, whereas Environmental Extremists would strongly object to turning them loose in a habitat where they don't naturally belong.
  • July 25, 2012
    BrokenEye
    Evil Luddite, perhaps?
  • July 25, 2012
    Astaroth
    The terrorist organisation Force Three in Ark Angel. They turn out to be a subversion, as they're being bankrolled by Nikolei Drevin, and their environmentalist goals are just a Red Herring to stop anyone drawing a connection between the two.
  • July 25, 2012
    Bisected8
    @Broken Eye: Evil Luddite is someone who's anti-technology, not necessarily pro-nature.
  • July 25, 2012
    Andygal
    Added note about Evil Luddites.
  • July 25, 2012
    captainsandwich
    We have animal wrongs groups, but i think examples might cover all sorts of environmental extremists do to Trope Decay.
  • July 25, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Eco Terrorist is probably a better name for this, IMO

    @captainsandwich: This seems like a worthwhile split.
  • July 26, 2012
    Arivne
    Thirding Eco Terrorist.

    Literature
    • The FROMATES (FRiends Of Man And The Earth) terrorist group in Oath of Fealty. They totally oppose the arcology Todos Santos and commit kidnapping, attempted arson, murder and attempted mass murder in their campaign to destroy it (and everyone living in it).
  • July 26, 2012
    HonestGent
    I'd agree that it's a worthwhile split, but I think the description should move away from Well Intentioned Extremist, or at least reference the differences. Just my thoughts though.
  • July 26, 2012
    robinjohnson
    Probably worth a No Real Life Examples Please. Also, fourthing Eco Terrorist, as that's already a mainstream phrase.

    The group "Mother Earth" in Ben Elton's novel This Other Eden is an example. It turns out they are actually a sort of anti-PR wing for an oil giant.

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