2018-2020 Platform for an informed electorate — Part 5 — Environment
Good Men Project Political Activism Social Interest Group, lead by Lisa Hickey, Publisher of the Good Men Project, and me, Carol Bluestein, has been working to develop a platform which supports a governmental agenda that includes basic human rights, equality, and justice for all.
In the short term, we are looking to educate our voters about the issues for 2018-2020 elections.
In the long term, we are looking at a change in our election strategy, moving from a primarily two-party system to Proportional Representation, and from a one choice vote to a Ranked Choice Voting / Instant Runoff– as proposed by FairVote. This would give all voters a voice and a group of people that represent them seated in Congress. The result would eliminate the possibility that our government would be controlled by any one party.
The GMP Platform is non-partisan and seeks to ensure:
- All human beings shall have equal access to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
- The Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches of government remain separate.
- The separation of Church and State.
- No human being, for any reason, be subjected to persecution, subjugation, and/or discrimination.
- Facts, science, and research matter.
Part 5 of “We the People…,”: ENVIRONMENT
Each week, Good Men Project Political Activism Social Interest Group will post another section of the GMP Platform. We are in support of advancing the conversation to help define the ideology and philosophy for our elected officials and in our courts.
Critical Time Frame
In our discussion about the environment, we agreed that it was one of the most pressing issues to ensure the future of life on this planet. Not only do we need to move from fossil fuel dependency to renewable energy, we need to remove our dependence on plastics and other non-biodegradable products.
Fossil Fuel is one of the main contributors to our climate change. From it, in addition to gases and destruction of land and water, we get plastics and other non-degradable products that take up valuable land. wIn the oceans, without healthy plankton, the entire aquatic ecosystem may go down. Without clean water, there won’t be any humans to care.
By mid-century, it may be too warm to host winter Olympic games, and it may be too hot for the summer games. The heat may decimate what agriculture is left in the equatorial countries and push agriculture into shorter seasons and closer to the poles in the rest of the world. Sooner rather than later if we don’t address environmental issues ow.
- Acknowledge climate change as a reality and economic force
- Acknowledge active environmental policies are main defense
- Set a year by which we would want to be off of fossil fuels
- Scientists, car companies, countries have set dates
- Electric cars
- very convenient charging stations in all parking lots
- Make people feel as if it is already here.
- Benefits not barriers
- Ban sales of combustion cars by 2040 (e.g.England and France)
- Mandate clean and renewable energy: wind, solar, and water
- Costs need to come down
- Subsidized by the government until that happens
- Re-commit to the EPA
- Ensure science and facts matter in all governmental policies, legislation, rulings, and agency guidelines and sanctions
- Re-commit to the Paris Accord
- Global warming countermeasures
- Initiatives on limiting to eradication fossil fuel
- Zero greenhouse emissions by 2037
- Preserve and possibly expand National Parks, National Monuments, and coastlines
- wilderness and wildlife protections
- natural resources and species protections from drilling, logging, and mining
- waterways and oceans protections from oil drilling
- Prepare for rising seas
- ports — commercial and military
- community seaward protection and evacuation
- Research and implement seawater desalinization and de-plasticization
- Support Zero waste through mandated biodegradable packaging
- Study Economic impact for all environmental legislation and agency decisions
- Support environmental education and research
- Implement national sustainability policy through a sustainable resource management model
- Budget and plan to deal with environmental disasters equitably across the mainland and US holdings
- Maintain Agricultural land reserve
- Level the competition between legacy/historical power companies and renewable energy sources
- Mandate GREEN policy
- By a certain date, all new construction, repair, and renovation need to be green.
- Support green industries
- Support individual green efforts
- Invalidate laws that punish people or businesses that choose to go off the grid
Part 1: Human Rights
Part 2: Social Welfare
Part 3: Jobs, Income, and Social Security
Part 4: Education
Part 5: Environment
Part 6: Government
Part 7: Law and order/Judicial Systems/Rights
Part 8: National Security and Infrastructure
Part 9: Taxes
Part 10: Election Overhaul (final)
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