Gina McCarthy – Climate change as an opportunity for innovation | News | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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GINA MCCARTHY: Yeah. It’s great to take people back, because it brings me back to when I was pretty young. And basically, it was all about recognizing that we were polluting our environment in a very visible and meaningful way. So it came out of the ’60s and ’70s, when you had Rachel Carson pointing out the dangers of pesticides and DDTs.

But it was even more than that. I mean, I lived in this area. It was about Boston Harbor being basically a place where the sewage went. And it wasn’t a place where you could swim or boat without taking your life in your hands.

And it was all about the black smoke that was spewing out of smokestacks. And people just got fed up. They knew we were damaging their health and our environment, and they needed a change.

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