Let’s go where we can be untied and united…that place is nature for me. And it seems this is true for many of us…as William Shakespeare said, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” Mark Tercek, the President of the Nature Conservancy, points out “In the 2016 elections in the United States, voters in a dozen states –red and blue- approved ballot measures that will devote $4.4 billion to protecting the environment. Some of these measures passed with majorities of 80 percent or more!”
In Mr. Tercek’s article in the summer issue of the Nature Conservancy Magazine, he names seven core principles that most, if not all of us, can embrace. They are summarized as follows:
- Be Inclusive…environmental policies need to address the interests of all people.
- Follow the science…sound science is the foundation of environmental policymaking and there is a ton of it. Take responsibility and check it out for yourself.
- Harness market forces…it is possible and proven that we can grow the economy and improve the environment concurrently!
- Encourage collaboration…we are in this together.
- Invest in nature’s solutions…green infrastructure helps manage storm water runoff and reduces the need for expensive upgrades to municipal water systems. Such systems are already in use in Detroit, Seattle and Washington. Along rivers and coastlines, restoring wetlands and reefs can help manage flooding by complementing or replacing sea walls.
- Accelerate the transition to clean energy…reduce pollution, breath easier. This is now very cost-effective.
- Unleash U.S. creativity…American ingenuity is a force to be reckoned with yielding a better, healthier future.
So perhaps we can agree on some, if not all these principles. Definitely, we all agree on the priceless beauty of sunsets, wildflowers, rivers and mountains. From such a foundation, we can thrive. Here is some inspiration.