Robin Tawney Nichols describes her role in the Missoula environmental movement in the 1970s and 1980s. She talks about helping found the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC), as well as her lobbying efforts in Helena for environmental legislation. Nichols discusses the importance of the 1972 Montana Constitution, which contains an article guaranteeing Montana citizens the right to a clean and healthy environment. She also recalls the campaigns that MEIC undertook in the 1970s to further influence environmental policy making. She discusses other environmental groups and activists, including Gals Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), and the role of women in the environmental movement.
Subjects: Montana. Constitution; 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; Air – Pollution; Air quality -- Montana – Missoula; Water – Pollution; Water quality -- Montana – Missoula; Sex roles; Gender politics; Montana. Legislature; Legislation – Montana; Land use – Montana; Local government—Montana; Political participation—Montana; Earth Day; Environmental quality; Environmentalists -- Montana -- Missoula County -- Societies, etc; Missoula (Mont.) -- Environmental conditions; Missoula County (Mont.) -- Environmental conditions
Personal Names: Robin Tawney Nichols, 1949-
Corporate Names: Montana Environmental Information Center (Mont.); Gals Against Smog and Pollution (Missoula, Mont.); Montana. Constitutional Convention--(1971-1972)
Geographical Names: Montana--Politics and government--20th century; Missoula (Mont.); Helena (Mont.)
Titles within the Collection: Constitution of the State of Montana : as adopted by the Constitutional Convention, March 22, 1972 : ratified by the people, June 6, 1972
GASP and the History of Missoula’s Environmental Movement Oral History Project, OH 477
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Nichols, Robin Tawney, "Robin Tawney Nichols Interview, September 17, 2020" (2020). GASP and the History of Missoula’s Environmental Movement Oral History Project. 5.