Why has environmentalism come to be considered a left-wing agenda, even though much of its history has conservative roots? And what does it even mean to be conservative when it comes to conservation and environmental issues?
Quill Robinson has some ideas about this. He is Vice President of Government Affairs for the American Conservation Coalition, and spends much of his time in Congress advocating for what he considers pragmatic, bipartisan policy solutions to environmental challenges. He turned conservative after witnessing the defeat of one such policy solution by progressive organizations early in his career.
02:18: How Quill changed political perspectives early in his career
09:04: What it means to be a conservative in the environmental sphere
12:15: Why is environmentalism thought of as a leftist agenda?
16:06: Why market-based approaches?
21:23: Incremental change versus transformative change
26:50: Unleashing innovation
32:27: The importance of local solutions and feeling like we can make a difference
35:33: The argument against environmental catastrophism
38:20: A culture shift towards steadfastness against adversity