Cleansing the earth

The Christian Science Monitor

Once, during a visit to a major industrial area in the United States that was also heavily polluted, I was struck by the challenge nations face in supporting a clean environment while also providing jobs for their people. Clearly, there were no easy answers.

One of the people I talked to spoke earnestly about the city where I lived at the time, mentioning how clean the air was and how pleasant it must be to live there. He didn't know that only a few miles away from my city was another major hazardous waste site! I could see that what he longed for wasn't really a specific material place so much as a higher quality of life.

May 25, 1992

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