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ERIC Number: ED063143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 14
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The Crisis of Trust and the Environmental Movement.
Ruckelshaus, William D.
William D. Ruckelshaus, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, presents in this paper the Alfred M. Landon Memorial Lecture at Kansas State University, April 12, 1972. Restoring man to a harmony with nature and his environment and insuring a clean and livable home for the posterity of all mankind are the goals we must strive for. The problems of our times are set forth--lack of faith and trust in the principles, institutions, and accomplishments which reflect a common tradition or shape a common purpose. The assumption of utopia is perhaps undergirding many cries for reform today and adding to the crises of confidence we as a nation are experiencing. To combat these situations, we must be realistic in our assessments and honest about the limits of human solutions to human problems. The emergence of environmental concern gives us a unique opportunity to prove we can create a society that is clean, safe, quiet and beautiful, yet also provide for man's legitimate material needs. True environmentalism teaches a new ethics and new reverence for life. It can help unify the American people and, if carried to fruition, will inspire new confidence in man's power to control his own destiny. (BL)
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