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January 20, 2005


stephen o'grady

great piece. i'd argue, however, that the more serious challenge to environmental efforts the world over is to step back from the often fundamentalist positions they occupy.

that they're often - but not always - in the right is besides the point; many normal folks that otherwise might be willing and active participants in green efforts are put off either by some overzealous activists or the doom and gloom outlook often espoused by environmental groups (which are often cyncially, and potentially accurately, construed as an attempt to secure future funding).

in addition to the more holistic approach you advocate, i'd also like to see one thing held out to the less environmentally minded segment of the population: hope. less doom and gloom, more here's how we can make it better. less ostracizing, more practical, small steps towards being more ecofriendly.

i know it hurts sometimes, but pragmatism is in my view the only way to engage the population as a whole.

Will Duggan

I'd love to know how the "end of environmentalism" story got legs. I suspect wise use fanatics who are so embolded by the power of audacious commentary, best embodied (that might be the wrong word) by Ann Coulter ("Canada had better watch out, McCarthy was a hero..."). What I would hope is that environmentalism is transforming as corporations stare EU regulations in the face and sustainability transcends enrionmentalism to include refere to holistic strategis for healtheir environment, social development, and economic prosperity. Also, people with neocortexes have been saying for a while that it would have to get worse before it got getter. It's getting worse . We'll have to see how the mainstream US press reacts to this report.

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