For Policy not Poses

Archive for March, 2009

Conducting an environmental policy or striking a pose?

We have met the enemy, and he is us.

The above “comic strip” was Walt Kelly’s tribute to Earth Day 1971. Two years earlier, the New York Times had reported that “Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation’s campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam * * *.” Kelly died in 1973, probably confident that environmentalism would soon change our world for the better. Sadly, almost thirty-eight years later the enemy is still us. We have lots of environmentalists, volunteer and professional, and lots of aggressive environmental arguments and poses, but not much to point to as “success.”

As a candidate for mayor of Annapolis, I am particularly interested in what the City can do.