I take great pride in the fact that I dedicate a significant part of my time trying to make sure the Earth is preserved for future generations. I consider it amongst the most noble professional pursuits to make sure we have clean air, clean water, a livable climate and biodiversity left on this Planet, so that my children and perhaps my grandchildren will be able to enjoy the same quality of life as I have.
But… if I call myself an “environmentalist” people will assume I am a leftie radical that wants to shut down the economy and return to a hunter gather lifestyle. This is ridiculous. Most of my friends and colleagues are very environmentally aware and responsible but they also want a viable economy.
Environmentalism and economic prosperity are reconcilable. Environmentalists know this. We should not fear them just because some polarizing politicians tell us to.