21 Apr '11, 12pm

Dear internet: my piece on underground environmentalism in communist East Germany is more interesting than it sounds:

Dear internet: my piece on underground environmentalism in communist East Germany is more interesting than it sounds:

Strangle creepily ethnic looking Wattfraß, Aryan-looking boy! Source: Energy Saving Museum One of the most interesting aspects was finding out how central environmental consciousness was to the rise and fall of socialism in Germany. When the GDR was founded, one of its many promises to workers was clean working conditions, without the polluted air and water imposed by capitalist industrialization. There were legal safeguards and fines on polluters. The regime was quite energy conscious, at least in the beginning. In the late 1950s, for instance, there was a popular comic strip character called Wattfraß with isolators on its head and a plug on its rear that was created to encourage children not to waste energy. (Note child strangling Wattfraß to the right there. At the linked page, there's another of the child skewering Wattfraß on a pitchfork.) Environmental stewardship wa...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-04-21-underground-envir...

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