Green Party issues grim Earth Day reminder re: BP Spill, Japan nuke disaster; but state's environmental party also provides view of what is needed in the future.
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS RELEASE
SACRAMENTO (Apr 22, 2011) - The Green Party of California has issued a grim reminder regarding upcoming Earth Day, calling for an end to "compromise" that has led to disasters like the BP oil spill and the nuclear tragedy in Japan and more effort to take positive steps to build a new energy infrastructure that is kinder and gentler to the planet.
"The first Earth Day was over 40 years ago, and most assessments of our progress conclude that all progress toward a sustainable future has stalled. Environmental organizations are playing defense, acting to protect the gains that we have made. The battles in our legislatures, both state and federal, are to protect the gains that have been made. Too often, the goal has been to find a compromise rather than to do what is in our own long term interest," said Wes Rolley, a California Green and former co-chair of the Eco-Committee of the Green Party of the U.S.
"The goal to reach a compromise between the two largest political parties too often starts too far from the dreams of the people, and too close to the demands of the perpetrators of environmental disasters. People do want a clean environment, for ourselves and for our children," said Laura Wells, GPCA spokesperson.
Rolley noted the Green Party of California has, from its beginning, "cherished the value of ecological wisdom, seeking to expand our efforts to build a more sustainable society," trying to find a way to operate human societies "with the understanding that we are part of nature, not on top of it."
"Today, with the anniversary of the Gulf Oil catastrophe and with the daily media reminders of Fukushima Power plant situation, the risks to society are obvious. The list of things we should not be doing is a long one and the GPCA demands immediate action on the following," urged Rolley.
But Greens, noting that it is not enough to stop doing the wrong things, urge:
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