On Earth Day, the environmental movement needs repairs
Forty years in, we're losing.
This weekend, when speakers at Earth Day gatherings across the country hearken back to the first celebration in 1970, they'll recall great victories: above all, cleaner air and cleaner water for Americans.
But for 20 years now, global warming has been the most important environmental issue -- arguably the most important issue the planet has ever faced. And there we can boast an unblemished bipartisan record of accomplishing absolutely nothing.>>>
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, is the middle-aged green movement ready to be revived by some iconoclastic young Turqs?
No, that’s not a misspelling. The word is derived from Turquoise, which is Stewart Brand’s term for a new breed of environmentalist combining traditional green with a shade of blue, as in blue-sky open-minded thinking. A Turq, he hopes, will be an environmentalist guided by science, not nostalgia or technophobia.>>>
So strong was the antibusiness sentiment for the first Earth Day in 1970 that organizers took no money from corporations and held teach-ins “to challenge corporate and government leaders.”
Forty years later, the day has turned into a premier marketing platform for selling a variety of goods and services, like office products, Greek yogurt and eco-dentistry. >>>
Two protestors scaled flagpoles in City Hall Park yesterday to hang a banner demanding that the city stop using tropical hardwood for park benches and other projects.
Tim Doody, 36, and Tim Keating, 50, drew a crowd as they hung their 150-square-foot banner from two poles at the south end of the park at 12:30 p.m.
"If Bloomberg Is So Green, Why Is NYC America's #1 Consumer of Rainforest Wood?" the sign read.>>>
Mi'kmaq in Atlantic Canada will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the baptism of Grand Chief Henri Membertou with a special concert and one of the country's largest powwows.
Organizers say they will set up a traditional Mi'kmaq village, hold dance and drum competitions, and host a free concert by Buffy Sainte Marie.>>>