By Spencer Mann, Trending Writer
Going “green” has gone from an underground movement that took place on tiny, liberal college campuses to actions made by the largest governments and corporations in the world. While it is easy to brush off these changes as pandering to a younger generation, it looks like the movement is here to stay. With that in mind, the way in which environmental and lifestyle phenomena have progressed has not always remained the same.
The topic of the environment has progressively grown in everyday life. Much of this agenda shift is a reflection of the growing attention that governments have given to the matter, on both sides of the issue. Whether it was the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or that one of the closest elections in history involved a candidate who had environmental reform at the top of his platform, the United States is no exception. Today, the political struggle between different interest groups has not come close to ending. As tensions and real-world implications have risen, coverage of these events has larger followings and participation. It is no coincidence that a bill to terminate the EPA came within a period of weeks of an environmental protest in Washington, D.C. The water is almost boiling over, and everyone is starting to notice.
With larger factions tuning into decisions made by influential people about the environment, it can be shared with certainty that this is no longer an underground “hippie” cause. The power still remains with much of the businesses who lobby against any reform that would impede on its commerce. However, everyday individuals are making the topic of environment and other progressive lifestyle changes part of their lives, and that group of people is only going to grow. For those who support much of the environmental regulation that is proposed in government, this movement is a sign that resistance to deregulation will be powerful. If the amount of citizens who were passionate about these issues was not at the multitude at which it currently stands, it would likely be much easier for lawmakers and lobbyists to get their jobs done. The next step, in addition to growing the group of individuals who are passionate for environmental regulation, is to get powerful businesses on board. Until then, lawmakers only face issues with their constituency, and they do not have the power of money on their side.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 4th print edition.
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