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[GreenYes] Re: Green Emperor Part VI (last segment) and a note on Jack Johnson's new Curious George Album

While I agree to some extent with your proposal, I find it problematic in this manner: it fosters single-issueism, excluding others. Wilderness conservation has a lot to do with global warming, poverty, sustainability, the war in Iraq, etc....
What I find to be most problematic is the apathy of the average American to these issues, and the lack of resolve of activists to push the electoral agenda of the movement. While I am a Green politically as well as socially/spiritually, the lack of support for candidates(and the lack of candidates, especially on the local level) who do not compromise when it comes to these issues(stated above) is like shooting ourselves in the foot. For example: in 2004, I couldnt vote for Bush or Kerry, 'cause they both went against my ideals(how many environmentalists know that Kerry called for opening up more forests for drilling, for example, not to mention his desire to increase the military in Iraq??) . However, many environmentalists did not vote for a Green candidate, cause somehow Bush is the root of all our problems(say what???).
I am not simply advocating voting for Greens, just that when voting comes up, the lesser of two evils still produces evil. Vote for candidates that express your dreams, and if their isnt one, run for office yourself! Let us learn from the "conservatives": they dotted the i's and crossed their t's, and created a grassroots movement(albeit backed by big money) to take over the entire government.
Why is this important? Because having people in government expressing our views assits us; we have access to government monies; and we could have access to lawmaking that would derail the corporate fascism that is destroying our society. It isnt coincidence that both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr were both assasinated after they began organizing people to vote, and possibly running for office themselves.

my two cents.

Scott Kender

David Biddle <Dbiddle@no.address> wrote:
Tooting my horn one last time. For those interested, the last installment of my essay THE GREEN EMPEROR GETS NAKED (Part VI 6.4 Billion Romantic Idealists and Counting), is available at (watch out for the music; you can turn it off in the box to the left).

The whole essay is a critique of the Environmental Movement and calls for the rise of a new, complimentary progressive social movement centered on sustainable development and environmental justice using climate protection as an organizing principle. I argue that the environmental movement has bitten off more than it can chew with wilderness conservation/wildlife protection, public health/pollution, sustainable development, AND environmental justice. Environmentalists need to concentrate on conservation/protection and public health. A new movement, let?s call it Global Community Development, has the potential to change the world economy into a force for long-term Good by advocating for sustainable development and social justice. If you disagree with me, please let me know in GetUnderground?s comments sections...or here, shoot, I?m not proud.

You can read the entire thing if you go to the archives:

P.S. My 14-year-old son, Jesse, downloaded Jack Johnson?s new album ?Sing-a-longs and Lullabies? (the soundtrack to the new Curious George movie), and it contains a song called ?3 Rs. You guessed it: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. It is fabulously funky and upbeat. If you go to iTunes to listen to the clip, Johnson sings: ?Well if you?re going to the market to buy some juice/you gotta bring your own bags and you learn to reduce your waste. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle/Reduce reuse Recycle...And if your brother or your sister?s got some cool clothes, you can try them on before you buy some of those...Reuse, we gotta learn to Reuse...? Maybe there?s hope for the world yet.

I guess we?re all going to the movies.

David Biddle, Executive Director

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