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E. O. Wilson Wants to Know Why You're Not Protesting in the Streets

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We had lots of questions for acclaimed biologist and conservationist Edward O. Wilson when he dropped by the Grist office recently while touring to promote his latest book, The Social Conquest of Earth.

But Wilson directed the toughest question of the day back at us: Why aren't you young people out protesting the mess that's being made of the planet?

As we squirmed in our seats, Wilson, 82, continued: "Why are you not repeating what was done in the '60s? Why aren't you in the streets? And what in the world has happened to the green movement that used to be on our minds and accompanied by outrage and high hopes? What went wrong?"

We didn't have great answers, so we're going to turn the questioning on you, dear readers: Why aren't you out in the streets? And if you are, where, why, and who else is out there with you? Should more of us be staging '60s-style protests? Can online activism or lobbying in the halls of power make just as much of a difference, or more? Tell us what you think in comments below.


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