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No Impact Man’s Colin Beavan writes in his blog that my dichotomy between “hair-shirt” live lightly on the land environmentalism and cradle-to-cradle, go-go growth sustainability doesn’t hold. They are part of the same movement.
Alas, I disagree. Here’s what I posted on his site:
I’d like to believe that there is no conflict between “hair-shirt” environmentalism and “go-go growth,” cradle-to-cradle sustainability but, alas, I do believe there is a fundamental divide. I’ve talked with Bill McDonough many times and his philosophy is clear—forests grow very fast and very tall. They just don’t pollute because they are organic. They live, die, and get recycled because of their organic chemistry. So Bill argues, let’s change our chemistry and we can have fast economic growth. Living lightly on the land doesn’t give you that growth—but it does give you a wonderful lifestyle.
I’m not picking sides. In fact, I spend as much time as I can out in forests and deserts hunting birds (not killing them, just looking). I’m a hybrid hair-shirt/go-go kind of guy.
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