Environmentalism is the most important movement of the 21st century. So why do so many "environmentalists" ignore the political lessons of the preceding century?
Few environmental organisations have taken these lessons to heart. Even governments that have painfully learnt the virtues of the market for the rest of economic activity all too easily backslide to an easy collectivism on the environment.
iGreens aim to maintain the environment by reminding people of these lessons, and ensuring that they are applied by those in power. Since iGreens respect the legitimate interests both of the present generation and of all economic and social groups, they are likely to have greater long-term effect than environmentalists who advocate more radical simplistic solutions.
If you're new to iGreens try these three articles, to get an idea where we are coming from.
Reforestation in China click
Return the Streets click
Cleaner beaches click
* People keep asking me how childcare subsidies might harm the environment. The short answer is that state childcare subsidy lowers the cost of rearing children. This increases the birth rate and more people damage the environment.
Of course it is not quite as simple as that. Complicated effects roll out from a policy like childcare subsidy. More people might be good for the environment. Freeing women to work may have good or bad effects. But ultimately, any government expenditure distorts the economy from achieving the optimum balance between environmental damage and the benefits of human activity.