Environmental Defense is a very solid organization, despite a name that might suggest radicalism. Who knows, maybe it is “radical”. But mostly, I believe they have good ideas, and solid, defensible positions. When they asked
Tell us your ideas—big and small—for how you, your family, and our country can rethink the way we live and work in a time when oil doesn’t come cheap.
here’s how I responded.
- Leadership. We need a voice that is unwavering, authoritative, powerful and respected to set a course and lead us to take it.
- One clear problem. Climate, energy, economy, war, food and disease are treated as distinct; yet in many dimensions they are related. If we see a single problem, we will make one single, good decision.
- Pragmatism. I am, amongst others here, on the very edge of the US opinion and beliefs. Bringing the US together will require compromise and backing off from non-essential positions.
- Singular message. If the last 8 years of politics haven’t shown that a singular, oft repeated, never varied message can convince people of something, then you haven’t been paying attention. Many disagree with some of what the rest of us see as obvious truths. A singular, orchestrated message that is as good and pure as the current disastrous course is wrong can be every bit as effective. Use what we know works.
- Unity. We must find how differences with alternate and conflicting viewpoints can be reconciled. A war has been brewing for years, worse than Iraq: a civil war in the US. This would be our undoing, and we might take the rest of the world down with us in our fight. We must find a way to unify and bring together the truly wonderful, powerful, enduring and unique strengths of the US.
How would you respond?
If you have (constructive) thoughts, add your views. Act fact, as of 8 hours into the open request, scores, or maybe hundreds had already added their points.