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Series
Focus
Episode
Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of Global Environment
Contributing Organization
WILL Illinois Public Media (Urbana, Illinois)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/16-4j09w0978j
Illinois Public Media
focus040629a
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Description
An interview and call-in with Dr. James Gustave (Gus) Speth, who was at the time the Dean and Professor at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. Over the course of his career, Dr. Speth served as environmental advisor to Presidents Carter and Clinton. He is the founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute. Now, Dr. Speth is a professor at Vermont Law School In this episode of Focus, Dr. Speth discusses his book "Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of Global Environment," which is about the environmental movement today and how the movement has evolved since the first Earth Day in 1970. Dr. Speth attributes the wave of environmental action in the 1970s to the fact that environmental issues were in localized and visible, such as air and water pollution and dam and road infrastructure development. Today, he says, the problems are global and more subtle; they are more technical and harder to get one's head around. Dr. Speth believes that this has had a crippling effect on the environmental movement. He states that climate change is a very serious problem that requires urgent action; otherwise, our children will have to deal with the devastating effects. In August 2011, Dr. Speth, along with Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, and around 1,200 more activists, were arrested in front of the White House while participating in a nonviolent protest against the Keystone XL pipeline. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Dr. Speth stated that "we've tried everything...the data has been clearly reported, and the science is about as scary as anyone can imagine. I think we all..ought to be in the streets, ought to be engaging in civil disobedience." Read the full interview here: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/interview_gus_speth_charting_new_course_for_us_and_environment/2612/
Broadcast
2004-06-29
Asset type
Episode
Genres
Talk Show
Call-in
Topics
Environment
Science
Subjects
Climate Change; Environment; International Affairs; Law
Creator
Brighton, Jack, Producer
Contributor
Speth, Gus, , Guest
Media type
Sound
Duration
50:55
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Citation
Chicago: “Focus; Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of Global Environment,” 2004-06-29, WILL Illinois Public Media, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 23, 2017, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_16-4j09w0978j.
MLA: “Focus; Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of Global Environment.” 2004-06-29. WILL Illinois Public Media, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 23, 2017. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_16-4j09w0978j>.
APA: Focus; Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of Global Environment. Boston, MA: WILL Illinois Public Media, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip_16-4j09w0978j