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James K Johnson's comments:
Environmentalism in "The Greatest Generation"
It is often said that we inherited global warming from these people. But they grew up in the legacy of Teddy Roosevelt the greatest environmental president; like generation X to JFK. Their families worked for the WPA and helped to expand the national parks directly. Their voices founded the EPA, raised awareness of fragile ecosystems, the show "Our Vanishing Wilderness" comes to mind. The co-founders of Greenpeace were of this generation. Perhaps they loved the environment too exuberantly and quickly lost faith in diplomacy, villainizing and making enemies of the politicians and corporations that they needed cooperation from, a trend that continues today.
At the same time they did witness and promulgate the rapid expansion of earth’s exploitation, with nuclear bomb testing, strip mining and the advent of industrial farms. I have seen in historical references both astute predictions of global warming and asinine predictions of using A-bombs to loosen the oil from Canadian tar sands. (that was from popular mechanics I beleive)
What is the true environmental legacy of "The Greatest Generation" did they throw us in the hole or give us a rope?
You can find both former captains of industry and possibly former/current activists that might have things to say at Terwilliger Plaza or other retirement clubs.
posted 3 years, 8 months ago
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