With the end of the Cold War easing the threat if all-out nuclear battle, the emphasis is now upon reversing the pollution that threatens us everywhere. Here in America, more than 30 states have adopted laws requiring environmental issues to be taught in schools. The National Environmental Education Act, originally passed in 1970, then repealed in 1981, was reinstated in November 1990.
Some of the theories which have been put forth to generate international support for the environmental movement—such as whether the hole in the ozone layer is a cyclical natural phenomenon or man-made and worsening—are debatable. Is the globe actually warming or cooling? In the ‘60s and ‘70s, scientists were warning about global cooling, not global warming. As late as 1977, the U.S. Academy of Science warned of a coming new ice age. Now we’re being warned of global warming in spite of record-breaking cold—a threat which some scientists have called “just a lot of hot air.”
In mid-December 1993, the U.S. News and World Report carried a major exposé titled “The Doomsday Myths.” It named and examined false alarms sounded by environmentalists. Nevertheless, the environmental movement is gathering considerable momentum and has the attention and backing of most government, scientific, and religious world leaders.