Trains in the Wilderness: The Corporate Roots of Environmentalism
Abstract

Environmentalism has been sustained by a mythic discourse about heroic individuals discovering and saving pristine wilderness. Although a successful rhetorical strategy, this mythic discourse erases a complicated history and has significant political costs. Some contemporary wilderness activists are enacting a new wilderness vision that integrates wilderness and social concerns in a way that opens environmentalism to unexpected yet promising alliances with justice activists, unions, and corporations.