Environment: The Politics of Ecology

"There will be no change in the environment without first enacting legislative change," Conservationist John Zierold told a recent meeting of California's Planning and Conservation League. He should know. Zierold is the league's full-time lobbyist in Sacramento and represents 70 separate conservation groups. At the meeting, Zierold joined State Assemblymen Peter Wilson and Alan Sieroty to discuss "The Politics of Ecology."

What, specifically, can the concerned citizen do? First, the panelists agreed, he should stop acting as an individual. Instead, environmentalists should unite to present their case to lawmakers and to pool financial resources for campaign contributions to sympathetic politicians. Other practical...

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