Environmentalism in Europe

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event signified not only the end of the Cold War but also the demise of Communism. However, soon after Berlin’s Wall fell, much of the Communist true believers found a new home in the environmentalist movement. There were communist elements in the environmentalist movement from the beginning, however, once the Soviet Union collapsed so did the Communist ideas it espoused and the global revolutions it tried to further. Consequently, and according to Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore, homeless Communists went to greener pastures (pun intended) in environmentalist groups like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club.

In 2007, the Cato Institute hosted a lecture by Czech Republican President Vaclav Klaus who spearheaded much of the reforms that lead to the liberalization of his country’s economy after the USSR’s demise. He also lived in Czechoslovakia when it was a satellite country of the Soviet Union and participated in efforts to unify dissident factions in order to overthrow his country’s communist regime. In this speech Klaus gives his insights into the Communistic nature (pun intended) of environmentalism.

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