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Opinion |  “Climate change is not a subjective thing”.  What does the American approach to the environment look like abroad?


The United States has a schizophrenic relationship with the environment.

It has a spectacular system of over 400 national park sites; a strong environmental lobby; and strong federal environmental law, including the historic Endangered Species Act, which saved the bald eagle and grizzly bear from extinction.

Yet there is a dark side to it as well, including an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels; a long-standing love affair with gigantic and gas-guzzling vehicles; and perhaps the largest generation of plastic waste per capita in the world.

For the video above, we gathered data and other information on America’s stance on the environment and presented it to people in other countries who in some ways made States- United, the richest country in the world, an environmental delay.

Their reactions? Well, watch the video to find out. But one Indian participant appeared to speak for everyone when he noticed, face creased in dismay, “Is … is this America?”

Chai Dingari (@chaidingari) is a producer and publisher.
Adam Westbrook is a producer and editor for Opinion Video.
Brendan Miller (@brenkjm) is a filmmaker.

Illustration from the New York Times; photo by DKAR Images via Getty Images





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