Matthew Klingle

Matthew Klingle is an assistant professor of history and environmental studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and is a senior fellow and board member of the Environmental Leadership Program. He is the author of several scholarly articles, and is finishing a book tentatively entitled Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle and an Evolving Ethic of Place.

Environmentalism’s elitist tinge has roots in the movement’s history

Pretty, yes, but what about the people? Photo: National Park Service. North Americans love their heroes, and environmentalists are no exception. The hall of fame includes some of the biggest hitters from our nation’s past: John Muir, David McTaggart, Marjory …