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Gus Speth to Discuss a “New American Environmentalism” on Earth Day

April 16, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Renowned environmental scholar James Gustave "Gus" Speth will mark Earth Day's 40th anniversary by discussing "A New American Environmentalism and the New Economy" at 12:45 p.m., Thursday, April 22 in the Chase Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Speth, the former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, will join the Vermont Law School faculty this summer.

In his Earth Day address, Speth will call for the creation of a bi-partisan national growth policy that works in concert with a new environmental movement to influence the course of growth, to positively affect the quality of American life and to restore our air, land and water.

"And so here we are, 40 years after the burst of energy and hope at the first Earth Day, on the brink of ruining the planet," Speth said. "We must build a new environmentalism in America. And here is the core of the new environmentalism: it seeks a new economy ... that protects and restores the environment, one that lives off nature's income, while preserving and enhancing natural capital. And to deliver on the promise of the new economy, we must build a new politics."

Prior to his time at Yale, Speth was administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and chair of the U.N. Development Group. He also was founder and president of the World Resources Institute, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, chairman of the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality and senior attorney and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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