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Ecological Activism Blooms at Ecological Internet

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Madison, WI—Merge environmental activism, info technology expertise, and deep ecological values, and you have the website Ecological Internet. 

The activist's dream portal is the brainchild of Glen Barry, Ph.D., a lifelong Wisconsinite from Denmark, WI, and former UW-Madison botanical information systems specialist in the Dept. of Botany. 

The site “specializes in the use of the Internet to achieve environmental conservation outcomes,” writes Barry. 

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The academic community is abundantly aware of the net’s potential for environmental activism, and collectively the literature on the net’s use in grassroots organizing sounds near-manic. 

“(T)he political implications of the Internet’s effects are truly staggering … the Internet has fostered the metamorphosis of environmental politics from the pursuit of broad, national polices to a populist grassroots crusade …,” wrote Norman Millier in Environmental Politics: Interest Groups, the Media and the Making of Policy. 

Miller is right.

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And Glen Barry is proving it in the real world at Ecological Internet.

Read about its successes, analysis and hard-core activism—truly fascinating stuff. 

If you have even a passing interest in saving the environment, please check out Ecological Internet. 



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Michael Leon is a writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. His writing has appeared nationally in The Progressive, In These Times, and CounterPunch. He can be reached at

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