‘New Environmentalism’ Moves Beyond Pollution and Climate Change
Gus Speth is a longtime Washington policy insider—he served as an environmental advisor to the Carter and Clinton administrations and co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute. But “big environmentalism” doesn’t work anymore, he says, because focusing on biodiversity, pollution, and climate change only treats the symptoms rather than the root problems. Instead, he says, it’s time to consider consumerism, economic instability, and a functional democracy as core environmental issues, too—part of what he calls a “new environmentalism.” (Read an excerpt from Speth’s most recent book, Angels by the River.)
Gus Speth is author of Angels by the River: A Memoir (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014), co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute, and professor at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont.