This is an excerpt from a longer lecture found here: vimeo.com/23660604
What do we have to believe to believe in climate change? How we can reduce a changing climate’s impact on the places we call home? We are not the first generation to face such dramatic environmental challenges. Those who experienced the nineteenth century industrial revolution, for instance, were justly afraid that, notwithstanding the material wealth it produced, this powerful force was destroying the land and the people it sustained. Their response was to create national forests and parks, protect endangered species and threatened watersheds, and fight for public health. Matching their principled activism will be essential if we hope to live sustainably in an unpredictable climate of change.
Or so argues Char Miller, Director of the Environmental Analysis program and the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. Through the use of historic photographs, cartoons, and other illustrative material, he will offer insight into the contentious history and contemporary dilemmas that have shaped the environmental movement’s ambitions over time. Miller is author of the award-winning Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism and editor of Water in the 21st-Century.
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