There’s a very interesting opinion piece in today’s New York Times that — to me — suggests some parallels between where we are trending in the West as a “science protest movement” and where the environmental movement seems to have stalled out.
Organizational power faces its own challenges, though, including the difficulty of sustaining meaningful participation. Staging the occasional protest and raising money are one thing; developing leaders and building constituencies are another. Despite substantial resources and hundreds of organizations, the environmental movement, for example, has not generated the sort of participation sufficient to meet the environmental challenges we face. This failure reflects a larger trend of professional advocacy groups that connect to their supporters primarily through fund-raising appeals.<<