Wednesday, December 22, 2004

More on the "Death of Environmentalism"

More on the "Death of Environmentalism" from Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger. I haven't read everything yet and am not sure whether and how their paper is related to Adam Werbach's speech cited here.

"Nearly every profession, from public health to business to law, has research studies, conferences and peer-review journals dedicated to evaluating what’s working and what’s not. When public health experts, advocates and scientists meet to discuss HIV/AIDS in Africa, they don’t just discuss the disease’s many mutations. They also debate strategy: how to prevent it, how to cure it, and how to cope with it.

The environmental community has nothing like this. We have no agreed upon criteria for evaluating our success. We have no peer-reviewed journal to share and evaluate our work. And we have no regular conference for advocates to come together to scrutinize and debate strategy. We strongly believe that greater discussion and dialogue within the community is imperative if we are to create a shared vision of what success on global warming and a range of other “environmental” and “non-environmental” problems looks like."


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