Influence of Green Groups on the Policy of the United States

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The Influence of Green Groups on the Policy of the United States

Abstract: This research examines the relationship between environmental groups and the policies of the United States.

The United States political system has been historically anthropocen-tric, or human centered. Environmental groups

have been attempting to change this to a biocentric or ecocentric viewpoint, which includes the rights of animals and

the environment. These views are nature centered instead of human centered. This study will answer the question of

whether these groups have been effective at altering United States policies. This will be done through the study of

views offered by both sides. Also, a survey will be used to determine whether congressmen views are consistent with

environmentalist views. It will also present whether policy change has taken place, and if these changes have

remained intact through the study of past congressional decisions.

Research Problem

1. Research Question

Have environmental groups' strategies been successful at altering the policies of the United States?

2. Rational for the Research

This research will help environmental groups to identify the effectiveness of their strategies. This is necessary for

these groups to effectively alter the policies of the United States, which is one of the largest polluters in the world.

If their strategies are ineffective then it will be necessary for them to reassess their methods. Without the use

productive methods these groups will not be able to protect the environment. Animals, plants and the entire ecosystem

must have the same protection as humans have. An ecocentric viewpoint establishes the right of the environment to have

legal standing. This gives people the ability to defend the right of an animal to exist with the same rights as

humans. Without this protection, people will be just as negatively affected as the environment. The...