Debating the New Environmentalism

Three of the top minds in environmentalism battle over whether the green movement needs to change.

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It’s the holiday season—or the post-holiday season—and bloggers and blog readers alike are taking some time away from the screen. But before 2012 comes to a close, I wanted to share a video that helps highlight some of the issues about environmentalism that I’ve discussed recently—including in my essay on the Anthropocene and the environmental movement.

This clips comes from a panel I hosted at the SXSW Eco conference in Austin, back in October. 350org founder Bill McKibben, National Wildlife Federation President Larry Schweiger and Ted Nordhaus of the Breakthrough Institute came together to debate the new environmentalism. Which is… what exactly? That’s the point. My panelists couldn’t agree whether we actually even need a new environmentalism, let alone just what form it might take, but I still think this panel is as good an intro as you can get into a debate that the green movement can’t avoid. Enjoy.