Michael Simms: What is Destroying the Earth?

Vox Populi

A sense of entitlement among Westerners is driving many of the environmental problems that are destroying our world.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend Carla*, a longtime environmental activist. She loves telling the story of an incident that led to her understanding an important lesson about the nature of the world. Back in the 1970s, she participated in a protest against the construction of a nuclear power plant in the Ohio valley. She and her fellow activists rallied outside the construction site. They held up banners and signs. They made speeches. They mugged for the television cameras. Everything was fun until she and a few others attempted to climb the chain-link fence in order to hold a sit-in on the restricted site. The police pulled them off the fence, put them in handcuffs, and hauled them off to jail where they were fingerprinted and booked on charges of criminal…

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