Gus Speth, Co-Founder, Natural Resources Defense Council
Air Dates: January 5-7, 2013
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This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is Gus Speth, one of the founders of the environmental movement, as well as environmental advisor to two presidents. He outlines the economic policies that underlie some of the failures of environmental policy to make the kind of changes that are imperative to the survival of the planet. Speth talks about his time in jail protesting the tar sands pipeline with Bill McKibben , and what individuals can do to move towards a better America, which he terms "America The Possible." Speth is regarded by many as the “consummate environmental insider” because he is the co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, chaired President Carter's Council on Environmental Quality, and founded the World Resources Institute. He was adviser on the environment to President Clinton, and chaired the United Nations Development Program. For 10 years he served as Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. For over 40 years Speth has been a major figure in the modern environmental movement, which he says is now failing. Also an author, Speth has written 3 volumes of his “American Crisis Series:” “Red Sky at Morning,” “The Bridge at the Edge of the World,” and this year's “America the Possible: Manifesto for A New Economy.” He has received the Blue Planet Prize, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Environmental Law Institute, the Resources Defense Award from the National Wildlife Federation, among many other honors. Quote: “If we just keeping doing what we are doing today, without any growth, ...with current levels of impact, we will ruin the planet, I think quite literally, in the lifetime of today’s young people.”