Tuesday, August 19, 2008
As far as I can tell, this service doesn't support a forum layout. I will look into how that might be possible though. For the present, click on the comments to see what has been added. Peter Berg has included some information which addresses your comment today.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Planet Drum Foundation
San Francisco, Ca
The incoming US Federal administration of 2009 will have an important opportunity to launch a New Green Deal that promotes locally directed efforts to solve many of our urgent problems. This is a time of economic and environmental crisis, and we need to demonstrate authentic leadership in pursuit of a vibrant, healthy society that is sustainable and equitable. A New Green Deal can address domestic economic, social and ecological problems in a way that also has a positive impact on foreign policy and relations.
The New Green Deal focuses on developing basic requirements for moving towards
The New Green Deal's founding principle is there needs to be regional improvements to local Conditions, carried out by local people, businesses, and communities. This means the overall approach to accomplishing programs will vary according to the places where applied: New York City will have a different emphasis than Los Angeles, and Puget Sound from Chesapeake Bay. The New Green Deal should then be applied in five general directions:
1) Survey, inventory and evaluation of local/regional renewable and non-renewable assets. These include but are not limited to food, water, energy sources, building materials and methods, open space, and transportation alternatives with an emphasis on a North American, inter-regional railway system.
2) Public participation in designating and implementing priorities for projects and activities.
3) "True cost" analysis to evaluate and select the most sustainable alternatives.
4) Green Collar employment programs in the following areas:
a) Ecosystem restoration,
b) Remanufacturing that maximizes use of recyclable
and/or post-consumer materials,
c) Renewable energy production and use,
d) Regionally-based sustainable agriculture,
e) Converting all wastes into resources,
f) Water conservation and reuse,
g) Energy efficiency,
h) Green building, living roofs, and landscaping,
i) Ecology and conservation education,
j) And special Green Collar job training programs in
5) Create or transform governmental institutions and agencies with policies that promote localization and embody principles of sustainability.
*This is a genuine stimulus package on the scale of the 1930's New Deal for the present day. The New Green Deal promotes positive programs to replace catastrophic activities that underlie climate change, economic inequities, water and food shortages, habitat destruction, and species extinction.
Committee For A New Green Deal
Postal address: Committee for a New Green Deal,
P.O. Box 31251, San Francisco, CA94131