The Polish Environmental Movement


 One of ESPRi’s missions is to gather, document and popularize the history and current struggles of the Polish environmental movement. The history of conservationism and of bottom-up social movements aimed at environmental protection goes back to the early 20th century. It is not widely known that Poland was one of the first countries in the world to introduce a Ministry of Environment already in the 1970s. However, the history of the modern environmental politics, environmental protest, and nascent green political ideas began in the 1980s. The Chernobyl catastrophe was an important catalyst as was the horrible state of the natural environment, air and water quality in the late Communist period. Our goal is to create an archive of interviews and photographs of environmental movements from 1985 until the present.

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