I envision a future in which our children can live decent lives, with clean, healthy air and water, no poverty, and an abundance of joy and fulfillment. But we have work to do.
We are in the midst of a global crisis – ecological overshoot. We are demanding more from the Earth than She can sustainably provide. This is crippling Earth’s life-supporting ecosystems. It’s evidenced by;
- climate disruption
- species extinction at unprecedented rates
- drying rivers and aquifers
- toxic air, land and water
- depletion of fertile soils
- increasing scarcity of many finite resources
Business as usual will leave a dead planet for our children. Our only hope to give generations to come a bright future is to treat overshoot as the emergency it is – and jettison the growth paradigm now.
I’m running for U.S. President so I can tell the public the truth about why our system is failing us and our continued existence on the planet is so tenuous. It’s an emergency that calls for clear, decisive, leadership and all-hands-on-deck action. This is not a time for compromise and half-steps. We will make no more dead-planet decisions. Only bright-future pathways will be chosen.
On day one I’ll declare a national emergency and mobilize government, business, media and the public in an urgent project to shrink our nation's ecological footprint:
• contract GDP
• decarbonize and go on an energy diet
• work less
• consume less
• support and accelerate the current trend toward choosing smaller families
We’ll implement new priorities and programs. We'll build a healthy 21st century economy based not on growth and ever-increasing material wealth, but on needs met and partnership with nature.
We’ll come together to ensure full employment and food and shelter for all. We'll nurture community-level collaboration. We’ll soon discover the joy of ending our enslavement to the rat race of an outdated grow-at-any-cost paradigm.
Why Am I Running?
In 2007, journalist Bill McKibben wrote an excellent summary of our worship of growth everlasting, the resulting tenuous state of our planet, the lack of happiness and wellbeing, and notions about a better path forward. It is even more relevant today. If you want to understand my candidacy, start here. Money? Happiness QED
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