Carlos Rymer Summer, 2007
People for A Renewed Society
: A Proposed Vision
The climate movement is growing quickly in the United States and elsewhere. Youth areleading the way through the Campus Climate Challenge, citizens have spoken through Step It Up2007, the labor community is demanding action through the Apollo Alliance, farmers areembracing clean energy with their 25 x 25 challenge, the religious community has called for firmaction to protect the planet from disruptive climate change, the clean energy industry has beenworking hard at improving technologies, and many other communities have risen to the climatecrisis to demand deep and quick cuts in global warming pollution. Later this year, there will beclimate marches in three states, a national convergence of youth in Washington, D.C., and manyother actions calling for strong federal action, especially from presidential candidates who willwork to replace the current administration.Discussions at the governmental level still treat the growing climate and broader environmental crises as external issues that are critical but do not require substantial changes tosociety (economically, politically, and culturally). Today, the global community is clearly not ona good track. The climate crisis is just the most noticeable symptom of how bad we’re doing. Of course, unless we cut emissions globally as soon as possible, we may not have a chance of correcting any other problem. But what is meant by “not on a good track”? It’s more than just theenvironmental crisis. It’s how government is controlled today because there are no incentives for businesses to be separate from government; it’s how people’s health is declining everywhere(growing obesity, diseases, etc.); it’s how youth are being indoctrinated by a culture that promotes conflict; it’s how poverty and income inequality are actually growing; and it’s how allnatural stocks are on a downward trend.So, on the heels of a growing climate movement that will ensure something is done aboutthe climate crisis, we have an opportunity to change all this, to attach all these issues to the broader flaws in our political
systems. The climate crisis involves energy,
Narrow political system, designed centuries ago and not appropriate for today’s society, which has so manydifferent communities (workers, farmers, environmentalists, scientists, women, youth, economists, engineers, businesspeople, etc.).
Our economic system is based on markets that are exclusive of social and natural capital, which clearly haveenormous value. As a result, the future has no value to us under the current system.