Ellen Knight discusses her role in the Missoula environmental movement in the 1970s and 1980s as an active member of the League of Women Voters. She talks about spearheading research for the league on renewable energy. Knight recalls her early advocacy of open space preservation and helping to found the Five Valleys Land Trust (FVLT). She discusses other environmental groups and activists, including Gals Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), as well as role of women and gender politics in the environmental movement.
Subjects: Environmentalism -- West (U.S.); Environmentalism – Montana; Environmental protection -- West (U.S.) -- Citizen participation; Environmental policy; Environmental policy -- Montana -- Missoula County; Nature -- Effect of human beings on – History; Sex roles; Gender politics; Montana. Legislature; Legislation – Montana; Land use – Montana; Sustainable development; Renewable energy sources; Local government—Montana; Political participation—Montana; Environmental quality; Environmentalists -- Montana -- Missoula County -- Societies, etc; Missoula (Mont.) -- Environmental conditions; Missoula County (Mont.) -- Environmental conditionsPersonal Names: Ellen J. KnightCorporate Names: Five Valleys Land Trust (Missoula, Mont.); League of Women Voters—Montana; Gals Against Smog and Pollution (Missoula, Mont.)Geographical Names: Montana--Politics and government--20th century; Missoula (Mont.)
GASP and the History of Missoula’s Environmental Movement Oral History Project, OH 476
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Knight, Ellen J., "Ellen Knight Interview, September 9, 2020" (2020). GASP and the History of Missoula’s Environmental Movement Oral History Project. 1.