Q&A: Extreme Environmentalist on "Radical Change"

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Leslie James Pickering: Yeah, sure, and we've got objections with many of them as well. You know, we've seen decades of this (conventional environmentalism) and it's not working. Our environment's getting more and more destroyed.

Tom Foreman: The American public is more educated about the environment than they've ever been, more people identify themselves as environmentalists than ever have before, more people are involved in these issues. It's not fast enough for you?

Leslie James Pickering: It's not fast enough to protect the species that are dying, the hundred species that die every day. Now 40 percent of all rivers, according to the EPA, are too polluted for safe use.

Tom Foreman: So as a tactic, this idea of burning buildings is a great idea?

Leslie James Pickering: Oh, it's excellent.

Tom Foreman: Does it ever occur to you that you're at an age in your life when many people wouldn't trust you to manage the Wal-Mart—let alone decide the fate of the world? Do you ever say to yourself, "Maybe 15 years from now I'm gonna see this differently?"

Leslie James Pickering: Of course, of course, and that's just it, I'm not deciding the fate of the world at all.

Tom Foreman: But you're deciding the fate of people when you burn their places down?

Leslie James Pickering: What I'm saying is that I'm not letting you or anyone you represent decide the fate of my world.

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