This memoir describes how I, a young scientist who believed that
“applied science" was second-rate science, found myself -- by chance
and serendipity -- studying the ecological consequences of acid rain
and radioactive fallout, purely as fascinating phenomena and without
thought of mitigation. As I continued with their study and taught
students about them, I became more and more aware of their significance
for society, so that after twenty years -- and again by chance and
serendipity – I became an environmental activist. Since then I have
testified about environmental deterioration, attended scientific
committees and workshops, and advocated for pollution control in both
academic and societal settings.
"Reflections on the Life in a Deteriorating World: How Chance Made Me an Environmental Activist,"
Journal of Opinions, Ideas, & Essays: Vol. 2
, Article 1.
Available at: http://pubs.lib.umn.edu/joie/vol2/iss1/1