Milan Ilnyckyj offers up a typology of what he calls “hair-shirt environmentalists,” greens who argue that we have to do a whole lot less of what we do:
- Conserve or we’re doomed
- Harm Principle advocates
- Moral minimalists
Conserve-or-we’re-doomed types, like Kunstler, are generally the most entertaining, though I’ve said before that I don’t think they give human ingenuity and resourcefulness enough credit. Most green types have historically been moral minimalists, crunching granola and hugging trees.
It’ll come as little surprise that I figure I’m the Harm Principle type, and this blog my small attempt to take the environmentalist agenda from the others. Just because it’s difficult to make a systematic connection between wasteful lifestyles in the West and desertification in Africa or flooding in the Maldives doesn’t mean that connection isn’t there, and needs to be addressed.