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Peter Kareiva, “Conservation in the Real World”

by Austin Brown on June 28th, 02011


Environmentalism for THIS Century

A Summary by Stewart Brand

Kareiva began by recalling the environmental “golden decade” of 1965-75, set in motion by the scientist Rachel Carson. In quick succession Congress created the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act—which passed the Senate unanimously.

Green influence has been dwindling ever since. A series of polls in the US asked how many agreed with the statement, “Most environmentalists are extremists, not reasonable people.” In 1996, 32% agreed. In 2004, 43% agreed. Now…

Read the rest of Stewart Brand’s Summary here.