The public is more aware of the importance of environmental issues because environmental groups are helping to connect the dots. Left to their own, the media only publishes environmental stories when something happens that their editors think will grab the public’s attention and bring in more money.
Most environmentally irresponsible companies just want the pubic to forget about environmental matters—like when Vice-President Cheney closed the doors when developing energy policy. And, most politicians don’t bring up environmental matters unless urged to do so by the public. So, who gets the public to pay attention to our environment? Environmentalists.
Chect out: "Action on protective laws ever likelier - Congress, president, candidates pledge support for compactonservation community might be wondering how the tide turned so quickly. But Wisconsin state Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) says it can be tracked back to citizens who became knowledgeable about the threats facing the lakes and then leaned on their elected officials. “There were environmental groups working with mayors up and down the Lake Michigan coast saying, ‘We’ve got to do this. We’ve got to protect the lake,’ ” Cowles says. “And those pressures eventually brought people to the table to move it forward.” --from (Aug 16, 08) http://www.jsonline.com/