Ever wonder what happened to the vibrant environmental protest movements that helped bring down the communist governments of Eastern Europe (and did you even know that green NGOs were critical to the fall of the Iron Curtain)?

For the history lesson, read Jane Dawson’s book Eco-Nationalism: Anti-Nuclear Activism and National Identity in Russia, Lithuania, and Ukraine by Duke University Press.  

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For tracking today’s environmental movements and green journalism in Central and Eastern Europe, check out the Regional Environment Center for Central and Eastern Europe in Szentendre, Hungary, just outside Budapest.  The REC is the real node for green civil society in the region and their websites are terrific entry points for figuring out the what’s what and who’s who.  Their regional offices in each country mean they have their collective finger on the pulse and their practical training workshops of all types mean they are doers and not armchair types.  

Sign up for their new-look Green Horizon for aesthetically pleasing, bit-size updates and stories like “The Good, the Bad, and the Rusty,” which I so gladly borrowed for the title of this posting.

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