- Mike Bingley
Outdoor Program Manager, Scouts Canada
I would like to propose that we open the environmental movement to all people.
Recently, I've been doing a lot of thinking about how we, as environmentalists, tent to treat outsiders to the movement. There is a hierarchy of good vs bad and it's pretty clear to me that there is an all or nothing approach to environmentalism. I think that the environmental movement needs to embrace those who share some of the values of the movement, even if some of their other values don't quite fit. In this model, SUV drivers who take kids into nature would be welcomed just as much as people who choose less invasive methods of travel but don't educate people about it. My idea is that this would break down the us vs them mentality that exists in the environmental movement and allow people to understand that there is just US.