When any given person dies because of respiratory problems, it is probably not possible to trace the cause of death specifically to smog-producing ozone in the air. Even so, statistical studies show increases in mortality and morbidity are correlated with increases in ozone in the air. There is no doubt that high levels of ozone kill some people and make many others sick.
For all the work he’s done lecturing at hundreds of campuses; serving as a scholar-in-residence at the University of Washington, Ball State University, and others; and penning books, including 1991’s Ecological Literacy, which is still widely used at colleges across the country, Orr knows there’s still much more to be done.
Diane Wilson didn’t set out to be an eco-outlaw. She wasn’t planning to be an activist, an author, or a protester — and certainly not someone who saw the inside of a jail cell as an inmate. The fourth-generation shrimper from Texas was just concerned about the pollution in her county and wanted to have a community discussion about it.
Bill McKibben is generally credited with writing the first book to warn the general public about global warming, 1989’s The End of Nature, but his contributions to environmentalism hardly stop there. His latest efforts are geared toward 350.org, an international campaign with the goal of…
Now the world’s most widely observed secular holiday, Earth Day started back in 1970 as the brainchild of then-Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who was moved to action by a huge oil spill in California in 1969. Hoping to model the environmental movement after the student anti-war movement, Nelson chose the young Denis Hayes, in his mid-20s at the time, to spearhead the Earth Day campaign.
As an environmental activist, I was shocked to learn about the prison sentence facing Tim DeChristopher, a university student who falsely outbid energy producers to block their access to precious Utah Canyonlands. As the President and CEO of Dolphin Blue, a company that strives to preserve our planets most precious resources, I cannot help but ask myself the following question: Should DeChristopher serve prison time for protecting our planet against the hopeless polluters who have little or no regard for it?
There is growing evidence that many American businesses are attempting to become more environmentally responsible. Some of those businesses are represented on the board of directors of the US Chamber of Commerce. This suggests that the Chamber should eventually move toward supporting…