Romans found it easy being green

  • Article by: SHEA GUNTHER , MCT
  • Updated: December 25, 2012 - 4:20 PM

Solar-powered homes? Clean water? Vegetarian gladiators? Eco-conscious Rome wasn't built in a day.

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dougp2Dec. 26, 12 5:55 PM

This article requires a comment... The "Romans Found it easy Being Green" because they "4. Made slaves and criminals mine and process lead." YIKES - That subheading is over the top misleading and very poorly written. Green, as a paradigm, includes social justice issues as well as personal health and environmental topics. I can just see this in the hands of some anti-green blogger or someone that is simply ignorant of the green paradigm. I realize that the last line of the article states that forcing slaves to mine lead is "not politically correct in the least, but it is environmentally aware, so it's included here." But, if one does not go on to read the remainder of the article, the subheading makes it sound like greens support tyranny and social injustice by offloading environmental impacts on other people, which is the exact opposite of the green movement. This topic could have easily and much more accurately been framed around the Romans "being aware of environmental toxicants" instead of framing it around the heinous actions they took to avoid excessive exposure to those toxicants. Once it is framed accurately the author could have easily included the fact that the Romans immorally + unethically made slaves and criminals mine the lead. dp

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