Check out this interesting proposal from Bill Ivey for the creation of a “cultural EPA.” Here’s a sample:
“The creation of a cultural EPA, Ivey believes, would similarly unite seemingly disjointed issues and encourage the public to think in a cohesive way about the health, preservation, and accessibility of the nation’s cultural treasures.
Fifty years ago, there were people who cared about the environment, they just didn’t know it yet. Though not as numerous as they are today, there were campaigners against strip mining and big dams, activists for rare animals and old-growth forests, defenders of clean rivers and clean air. But the notion that all of these causes added up to ‘the environment’ — something that was both an ecological model and a political shorthand — had yet to reach mainstream thinking.”