Thursday, April 02, 2015

Book notes: O'Connor on the first green wave

Historian and friend of this blog Ryan O'Connor today launches The First Green Wave: Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario.

O'Connor opens his narrative with the story of a theatrical funeral for the Don River in Toronto, orchestrated by Pollution Probe in 1969. Growing up in British Columbia, I was always more aware of Greenpeace, which started about the same time and never lagged in self-promotion -- something Graeme Wynn notes in his introduction. In 1969, "pollution was in the air," he writes.

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