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When I was in college in 1985, one of the first books I read that turned me on to ecology and environmental studies was Barry Commoner’s book The Closing Circle. In the book, Commoner outlined the four laws of ecology.
He was one of the first to advocate recycling and organic farming. He sounded the alarm on the greenhouse effect and the dangers of radioactive fallout. In today’s (October 2nd) New York Times obituary, he is called the father of modern ecology and planet earth’s lifeguard, an appropriate tribute.
Below are a couple of interviews with Commoner and a piece by Andrew Revkin. Measured, passionate and hopeful, Barry Commoner was truly one of America’s greatest environmentalists.
Read Andrew Revkin’s commentary in honor of Commoner’s passing.
A brief 1973 interview with William Buckley:
by Pat Byington, editor of The Green Register