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The excerpt below is taken from an interview by Barbara Moroch for the Higher Education Supplement of Sunday’s Journal News. John is senior fellow for environmental affairs at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. He edits and is a frequent contributor to EarthDesk.

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What is the most important thing you’d like readers to know about the environmental work you do?

We are the most extraordinary species on the planet. And we will be successful if we not only learn to care about nature, but about each other, especially for those amongst us who are suffering due to poverty, homelessness, hunger and poor health.

What are your hopes for the Millennial generation?

Passion, compassion, and independence of mind. I hope they will learn more from my generation’s mistakes than from our successes. They have access to tools and knowledge unprecedented in any generation that preceded them. I believe they are at the doorstep of becoming our most creative problem-solvers, innovators, and advocates for a new era of caring for others. All they have to do is walk through.

Go to full interview.