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Can the Enviro Movement Be Saved? That's the Hope of the New Film 'Earth Days'

It depicts the birth of a movement that started with so much promise but ran aground on the shoals of shallow self interest and callous greed.

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I didn't know it then -- this was in the mid-sixties -- but I was a kinderKunstler (that's "kinder" as in "kindergarten", not "kinder, gentler".) Of course, it would be decades before peak oil prophet James Howard Kunstler declared the American suburb " the single greatest misallocation of resources in the history of the world."

I don't know if history will prove Kunstler right, but Earth Days provides plenty of ammunition to back up the statement he recently made to pop culture pundit Stephen J. Dubner:

Sometimes whole societies make unfortunate decisions or go down tragic pathways. Suburbia was ours.

Earth Days is a thoughtful, entertaining film that documents pivotal peaks and low points in the environmental movement. You really ought to see it, if only to catch a glimpse of a rare species that's nearly extinct now: the pro-conservation conservative. To borrow a famous phrase from the first President Bush: Message -- they cared. Will we?

Kerry Trueman is the co-founder of EatingLiberally.org. You can follow her on Twitter.

 
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