In discussing the crises and omissions of the mainstream environmental movement, IJJ Senior Fellow Janet Wilson came up with a phrase I’ve never heard before but now simply love: “Charismatic Mega-Fauna.”

Love it. They’re the pandas, whales and other cuddly critters that populate “environmental” calendars and serve as lucratve bait for direct mail campaigns. These mega-fauna are a heckuva lot more attractive than common street kids with asthma and lymphoma if want to run a feel-good movement rather than one aimed at substantial reform.