One subject for which the prolific Bernard Shaw is not known is the environment. He called attention to air pollution by factory smoke and deplored smoking tobacco. Aiming to eliminate or reduce the malignant effects of slums on health and life, he wrote, spoke, and acted on sanitation and other health problems. He opposed quarrying and was a pioneer in seeking sources of energy that were alternatives to coal. He addressed and tried to remedy environmental and public health problems, which are often interrelated and cannot be easily demarcated. Two decades after his death in 1950, the environmentalist movement took hold.

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