Friday, March 5, 2010

Letter: Nature bats last

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 4:00 AM

It's good to see that the Hoosier Environmental Council's fresh brand and marketing might finally be helping to persuade some folks in the Indiana legislature (Cover, "Nature's advocate," March 3-10). It's important to try to educate policy-makers and to continue to build a broad constituency for nature, of which we are all part.

Yet fastidious Hoosier fence-sitters will need to get much more intimately involved if we want to resuscitate our environment and democracy. Former U.S. Congressman Richard Ottinger put it well in his 1970 Earth Day speech: "Intense citizen pressure is the only thing that will save us. We must assume that we are surrounded by rapacious developers, callous industrialists, inept public agencies, and insensitive politicians, and our only salvation is in our own two hands."

Forty years later, as we stand on the verge of global environmental collapse as a primary result of runaway population, over-consumption, and failed economic policies, can we say his assessment and remedy were misguided?

Clarke Kahlo


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