Environmentalism’s Dirty Secret

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Media Type: Interview

Date of Publication: April 16, 2015

Year of Publication: 2015

Publisher: Second Nexus

Author(s): Greg Stevens

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Speaking with Paul R. Ehrlich, Greg Stevens delves into the history of population’s role, or lack of role, in environmentalism and how Ehrlich sees the role of population in today’s conversations.

But over time, the public discourse simply wore itself out. The environmental alarmists had no solutions; or at least, they had no solutions that politicians or the media were willing to talk about. America’s attention wandered. By the time the 1980s arrived, environmentalism had fizzled, and what was left of it shifted toward concerns of pollution and regulation. The national conversation about population control was effectively over.


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  • FreedomDanK

    The inconvenient truth is that those who are controlling all the financial , and through it policing power , are not willing to acknowledge the realities of many evils caused by the “mania of GROWTH” – pushed during the past century by the “supper rich” . I just heard Chris Hedges being interviewed by Ms. Tremonte on CBC radio , and he is suggesting that all these troubles in US, and around the globe are the result of this mindless , greedy and unsustainable policies of the supper-rich ! So , if they ( the rich ) do not smarten up, and start being concerned not only about their “fat bellies” , but about ALL LIFE on this small planet Earth , we all will continue to suffer tremendously vile consequences. I hope it is not too late for them to smarten up. FreedomDanK

  • Aaron

    I enjoyed this article. Clearly, Mr. Ehrlich was absolutely correct back in ’68. I re-watched “An Inconvenient Truth” last night, and it just blew my mind when Gore showed the graph that back when he was born like in ’48 it was only like 2.2 Billion and so in just ONE GENERATION it exploded up to current levels. As he put it, it took the species 10,000 years to get it to 2 billion, and then just one generation to 7 billion, which is simply unsustainable, it should be obvious to anyone with an IQ at least room temperature. To me the most pessimistic thing about it all, is that the endarkenment period we’re in, is WILLING, like in ‘brave new world’, folks seem to have surrendered agency willingly for the momentary pleasures of HD video or a quarter pounder with cheese. The superficial, uncritical mindset that permeates the digital world now would seem to make the necessary changes unlikely. I think the best approach is given in Spencer Cathcart’s video “The lie we live”. We must use the internet’s power to get more connected, and therefore more caring and sympathetic, if there is a solution, maybe it lies therein, one can only hope and try.