What have you done today to lower your impact?

We are washing away the foundations of our existence on every front. It is high time we move from crashing about on the planet like a bull in china shop and find a way to go forward with intent. We must find systems of living based on sustainability. The systems and tools exist, it is up to each of us to adopt them.

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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Talk to Obama

The good folks over at Avaaz are putting together a campaign to encourage and support our new president and to keep him aware of what is important to us. Here is my letter to President Obama.

Dear Mr. President,

You face unprecedented challenges, several that threaten the very survival of our culture as we know it. Climate Change, Peak Oil, economic meltdown, corporate raiding of the commons, a food crisis. Millions of us are willing to work with you as we know you can't do it alone.

Climate change threatens us all and is the priority. We have the technology now to address climate change without the dangers of nuclear power, the contradiction and misdirection of clean coal, or the damaging effects of food based biofuels. We urgently need serious tax incentives and feed in tariffs for solar, wind, wave, tidal, small scale hydro and geothermal.

We also need to reform agriculture as it is a primary contributor of greenhouse gases. We know how to grow without poisoning our environment, our food , our people. We can organically grow all the food we need in a sustainable manner and sequester millions of tons of carbon in the soil at the same time. Bring back the victory gardens!

We need building codes that enforce efficiency and a plan for upgrading all the substandard housing currently in existence.

We must have much higher fuel efficiency standards for vehicles now and a plan for converting to renewably charged electric vehicles within 5 years.

We must protect biodiversity, habitats, and clean fresh water. We must put an end to dead zones along our coastlines.

Our continued well being depends on these efforts. Will you commit to being the man to make this statement untrue?

"Politics is the art of shifting trouble from the living to the unborn." - George Monbiot

Best wishes to you sir,
Robb Worthington

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