In The Era of Trump, environmentalists need to get back to their roots. Make the fight about pollution. Remind people of the horrors of what happens to the neighborhood when people stop worrying about the environment. They’ll get it. A 2016 study by Pew Research Center found 75 percent of Americans are concerned about helping the environment in their daily lives, but only 36 percent care “a great deal” about climate change.
Why U.S. Environmentalists Lost the Climate Change Fight
Kevin Brass
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This is a good point. I’ve long felt that the climate change debate is counter productive in the sense that in the last 20 years it has, to a large extent, replaced the broader conversation on the environment. At one time, campaigns to save the rainforests, save the whales, protect the watersheds, reduce waste and recycle were forefront in the environmental movement. More recently, the narrative has been reduced to a single note on climate change, a process that is inevitable with or without anthropogenic influence. When the public sees wealthy politicians and celebrity activists preaching responsible carbon use or pushing for carbon taxes, while jetting around to lavish conferences attended by the world’s elite who pat each other on the back and make speeches about the efficacy of their half-measures that fail to address the problem in a substantive manner, the natural reaction is to reject the hypocrisy and dismiss the issue entirely.

The world needs to address the ecological crisis at it root, and radically re-envision human relationships with local ecosystems until a sustainable global ecology is realized. The singular focus on climate change and carbon output is detrimental to achieving this goal. To me, this seems to be by design: distract the public from the real problem while pretending to address but one symptom of the current disharmony between man and his environment.

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