Teens, Pols Talk Environmental Policy At Earth Day Event

April 22, 2014 9:25 PM
Teens, Pols Talk Environmental Policy At Earth Day Event
" BOSTON (CBS) — Since 1970, Earth Day has been a celebration of the environment and education about the need to protect it.

But is there an end in sight to the seemingly ever-present conflict between environmental priorities and economic ones?

An inter-generational Earth Day event was held in Boston Tuesday. WBZ’s Jon Keller says with some exceptions, current political leaders prefer to pretend there is no such conflict rather than confront it. But there’s hope in the form of a younger generation that prefers not to play pretend.

“The planet is running a fever. There are no emergency rooms for planets,” Congressman Ed Markey said.

The event was ostensibly designed to encourage dialogue between teenage Aquarium interns and the dignitaries like U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. But once the pols got rolling, the dialogue fell by the wayside. And when asked to address the issue that all too often kills green initiatives – how do you sort out conflicts between economic priorities and environmental ones? Most of the responses were boilerplate "

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