Hazel Henderson is a leading environmental activist. She believes that unsustainable industry must end and that economic differences between individuals and groups are hurting the environment, as well as society.Henderson was born in Clevedon, England in 1933, but moved to America shortly after completing high school. She became a citizen in 1962 and, after working as a journalist, married Carter F. Henderson, London bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal.
While living in New York City, Henderson became concerned about pollution and air quality. This launched her environmental career. She
gained support for her concern from television networks and from an advertising agency. Eventually she co-founded the organization Citizens for Clean Air. In 1967, Henderson was titled Citizen of the Year by the New York Medical Society.
Henderson went on to become involved in other reform projects. She is violently opposed to industrialism, as well as to economic growth in general. She feels that the achievements of a society should not be measured in
economic terms; instead, we should look towards measures such as education. Industrialism, according to Henderson, only brings on tragedies -- tragedies that include social and ecological destruction. She argues that social development should give greater emphasis to the well-being of ecosystems. She has also called for a shift in the theory of labor.
Since proposing these views, Henderson has broadened her scope to books. She has published both Creative Alternative Futures: The End of Economics (1978) and The Politics of the Solar Age: Alternatives to Economics (1981.) She is currently a director of the Princeton Center for Alternative Futures, which she originally co-founded. She is also on the board of directors for many institutions and serves as Horace Allbright Professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
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