Friday night topic: The end of environmentalism?
There are those who sayand this is usually in an American or broader Western contextthat 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 nobleor at least less scientific and topicalpursuits: 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.