In the Bush era, the green movement has become a paper tiger. It must
regroup, reframe and reach out across the lines of race and class that
have kept environmental issues at the political fringe.
In celebration of Earth Day, The Nation salutes those who took part in the top five environmental victories of the year.
Rachel Carson, Betty Friedan and Jane Jacobs opened vast new
possibilities for social transformation by writing about widespread
attacks on nature, women and the poor.
Recent mining disasters demonstrate that the Bush Administration should be called to account for replacing federal mine regulators, who were identifying hazards and meeting requirements, with industry-friendly stand-ins.
The Green Party fell from power in recent German elections, but Greens continue to be the party to watch, a progressive influence on the world's third-largest economy.
As the House of Representatives voted to allow oil drilling in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich decried
the back-door methods and contemplated the impact on the
indigenous Gwich'in people.
As part of a nationwide festival of tributes to Pete Seeger in 2005, Studs Terkel offered this essay on the life and times of an American balladeer.
Absent George W. Bush's undergoing a conversion like St. Paul's on the road to Damascus, there probably won't be much good environmental news out of Washington in Bush's second term.
America's environmental movement has failed and should die as soon as possible so something better can take its place.
Nature doesn't compromise on global climate change; activists must not either.