Black Elephants


What we call “parks” are really the heart, lungs, and circulatory systems of the world — and they’re all endangered.

Thomas L. Friedman, NY Times


NY Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman writes about environmental black elephants and how parks play a vital role for environmental conservation. Friedman learns from environmentalist Adam Sweidan that black elephants are described as “a cross between “a black swan” (an unlikely, unexpected event with enormous ramifications) and the “elephant in the room” (a problem that is visible to everyone, yet no one still wants to address it) even though we know that one day it will have vast, black-swan-like consequences.

You can find out just how many black elephants we’re dealing with, and how parks play a role in their circumvention, in Friedman’s article here.