14 Apr '11, 6pm

How to Put the Lessons from 40 Years of Environmentalism to Use by @billmckibben

How to Put the Lessons from 40 Years of Environmentalism to Use by @billmckibben

Here's what we think is going on, in the broadest terms: The modern environmental movement was born on Earth Day 1970 , in an unprecedented burst of mass organizing—by some estimates 20 million Americans, a tenth of the population, took to the streets. It was a young movement, at a time when large numbers of people were serious about not just cleaning the air but stopping wars and ending official discrimination. That popular base inspired—or, more likely, cowed—Washington: the next four years saw the passage of virtually all the environmental legislation that still forms the core of green law. It also saw the birth or rebirth of many of the organizations we think of when we think of environmentalism. Powered by that initial burst of mass support, they were able to make real headway in DC, and so they concentrated on important and professional tasks: patient lobbying of sub...

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