Friday night topic: The end of environmentalism?

— 7:41 PM on May 10, 2002

There are those who say—and this is usually in an American or broader Western context—that the environmentalist movement of the '70s and '80s is becoming a victim of its own success. The argument is this: Laws were enacted to clean up the environment, and those many of those measures have been quite effective. Our air, water, and lands are now dramatically cleaner than they were before. Hence, the continuing efforts of environmental activists aren't working out so well. They used to have a point; now, not so much.

What's left of the movement seems dedicated to less noble—or at least less scientific and topical—pursuits: activism undergirded by junk science, or eco-feminism and similar politicial religions complete with a global-warming-driven apocalyptic eschatology.

That is the argument, anyway. Discuss.

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