For a long time I’ve been suggesting (as have scores of others) that environmentalists -- or activists in general -- aren’t necessarily their own best spokespeople; better to partner with doctors, local businesspeople, teachers, concerned parents, etc.
The problem? Environmentalism has been successfully cast as a fringe concern, not the basic, universal right of every man, woman, and child to have safe and healthy air, water, food, land, sea, and natural places -- not to mention economies based on security and sustainability not corporate profit and destruction.
But before I get too openly indignant about all this, thus giving myself away as a card-carrying greenie (whoops -- too late?), here’s more evidence that the environmentalist identity is not always compelling to those outside the choir.