Discussing 40 Years of Green Journalism with ‘Green Morality’ Author Ed Flattau

July 9, 2010

Ed Flattau, the nation’s first and longest-running syndicated green newspaper columnist, speaks with John and Mike about his fourth book, Green Morality. Flattau has been writing his green column since 1972, and has logged literally thousands of entries over the years. Professionally, the evolution of green has changed quite a bit. “[The green movement] was not as widespread when we started,” Flattau admits. Yet the 1970s were the perfect time to launch an environmental column. “The decade of the ’70s is when Congress enacted the major environmental statutes that today are the bedrock of this country.” Green Morality‘s theme is simple: Everyone has a moral obligation to leave the world in as good or better shape than when they found it. Flattau, with nearly 40 years of experience in the matter, is the perfect journalist to take on the moralistic vision.