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The first time I saw the title of Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus’s book The Death of Environmentalism, I was surprised by the boldness of these two green Nietzsche’s. That seemed like an awfully silly statement. It seems as if the green movement is everywhere. It’s on campus, in the news, on our favorite TV shows, and it’s even seeping it’s way into our once-viewed-as-evil corporations (now, maybe just evil corporations who are greenwashing). Heck, I can even drink beer and feel less guilty than I did a year ago.
So how could environmentalism be dying?
Well ‘dems be some purty strong words. It might be a little overboard to use the word “dying” as if to infer that soon their will no longer be environmentalism. But Shellenberger and Nordhaus are pretty right-on with some of their points. Government decision-making seems to move at sloth pace, especially when it comes to issues about the environment. And policies are far to simple. It is as if we make one law that will benefit one problem of one issue of one side of one area of global warming and it’s a major environmental breakthrough. At this rate, we will never undergo the change we need in order to save the environment.
Death is a little much. But maybe Shellenberger and Nordhaus were right to rattle the cage a little. Green needed a wake-up call.
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