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Coastal SagePeter Douglas and the Fight to Save California's Shore$
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Thomas J. Osborne

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283084

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283084.001.0001

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Sea Change

Sea Change

California’s Environmental Surge

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(p.41) Three Sea Change
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Coastal Sage
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Thomas J. Osborne

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283084.003.0003

In the 1960s and early 1970s a profound shift in the Golden State’s history was taking place. The convergence of California’s counter-cultural movement, a Bay Area conservation effort, public insistence on beach access at the Sea Ranch development along the Sonoma coast, the Santa Barbara oil spill, and the struggle to pass environmental legislation in Sacramento catalyzed a robust, grass roots ecological consciousness. This consciousness, which spread nationwide, was resident in Douglas. The sea change in public thinking about the importance of protecting the environment that was taking place paved the way for statewide, as opposed to merely local, management of California’s shore.

Keywords:   sea change, counter-cultural movement, Sea Ranch, Santa Barbara spill, ecological consciousness

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