[Authors Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus] argued that the old ways of talking about pollution and acid rain would never change how people go about their lives, and that "environmentalism" had to die in order for real change to happen to protect our water, air and land. Their new book expands on their original idea. They believe controlling global warming won't happen with more calls to end pollution; instead we need to come up with new models that take into account economics, job creation and people's quality of life.
I understand their position makes a bit of a splash. You can imagine it doesn't sit well with existing environmental organizations. So you tell me: Are Shellenberger and Nordhaus talking about a true form of sustainability? Has the environmental movement become an establishment in its own right? Do their writings demotivate individuals, or shift the focus in a more productive approach?
Share your reactions or even questions in an open discussion here.
Minnesota Public Radio Interactive Producer
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