The decade of the 1970's is a crucial one for engineers. Our environment is being fouled-as is the engineer's image when he is singled out as the creator of the sources of pollution. The engineer is now being held responsible to his community, as well as to his profession. The temptation to involve his professional organization in problems which have social and political overtones will surely foster serious disagreement within that organization. He should, instead, involve himself in local politics, where he can develop an audience for his opinions and where he can influence those in power to implement original and effective solutions to environmental problems.