Planet Patriot Party Platform
I think America could and should become great once again. It ought to be loved as a beacon not merely of prosperity but rather as a nation that advocates peace, justice, and sustainability. This is a platform that no leading political party seems to give a fig for. America must adopt goals that will recognize that the survival of America (and all nations) depends upon creating a sustainable global world community ruled by peaceful methods of conflict resolution, with justice for all. The best hope for peace on our planet is for America to make friends all over the world. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said: "True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice." And justice requires respect for human rights and for the global environment; respect for our plant and animal kin, and appreciation for our capacity to evolve into ever more degrees of compassion.
America needs candidates to become Planet Patriots. Or rather, America needs Planet Patriots to become candidates. Who will rise to the challenge? The following are urgent priorities in the second decade of the twenty-first century (which we have been advocating since 2006):
Goals for Planet Patriot Candidates:
- Obtain 100% energy
independence from fossil fuels - foreign or domestic
- using sustainable renewable energy. This is our best hope for peace
in the Middle East, not to mention survival of America and the developing
world as we reach peak
- Launch a major world-wide good-will program implementing a global
tree-planting and reforestation effort with funding equal to that of
our expenditure for munitions and weaponry.
Everyone in the world would love America if we did this, and it would significantly
offset our global warming emissions.
a U.S. Department of Peace, launching
a priority effort as the moral equivalent of war, to promote domestic and
world peace. Commit funds to a major research and development effort for
peaceful methods of conflict resolution to be implemented domestically
and globally. Violence just begets violence. We must find a way to
achieve world peace because we live on a single planet.
Global Warming and rapidly reduce CO2 emissions in
the United States and the rest of the world. Sign
the Stop Global Warming petition. Global warming is real.
Who cares what Exxon and ignorant politicians think? Global warming is caused by humans,
according to the world's leading scientists! Who cares what
Rush Limbaugh and his ilk think? In fact, the latest studies s
hows the Intergovernmental Panel on Cliamate Change estimate may have
been too conservative. Yet, solving global warming will bring huge
economic benefits as we diversify our energy supply and transportation
options. There are both
Democrats and Republicans that understand this. Why
try to prop up an obsolete non-sustainable fossil fuel industry when
we have so many better renewable and sustainable
November 2011 Report: Climate Change Consequences Both Dire and Likely
The warnings about Climate Change are coming not merely from environmental scientists; even institutions that have no record of caring about the environment are issuing warnings. According to a recent report by the International Energy Agency, irreversible climate change consequences are unavoidable if dramatic changes are not made within the next five years. If current pledges to reduce emissions are successful, the temperature average is projected to rise 3.5 degrees Celsius, says the report, which is still considerably higher than the two degree rise in temperature considered safe by scientists. Failure to meet emissions reduction goals could result in a temperature rise of at least six degrees Celsius. Some factors that are expected to aggravate emissions problems include unwillingness to abandon current industry and infrastructure, and growing numbers of fossil fuel-dependent power plants and inefficient buildings.
- Restore the place of our National Parks as "America's Best Idea." When
we spend more on military armaments than on protecting the land which is
the entire reason we give for "defending our country," our priorities are
really out of whack. As the recent PBS documentary showed, our national
parks system is really "America's Best Idea." But to fulfill the dream
of that idea, we must do a lot more:
- Restore, reinvest in, reinvigorate, and protect our National Parks (and state parks too!) - including a major effort to fix our parks, halt their chronic under-funding, address the huge backlog of facilities maintenance needs, restore Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park, and add the Alaska National Widlife Refuge to the national park system and designating the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness. We must not sacrifice our crown jewels for more freeway traffic!
new units to the National Park System, including a Maine
Woods National Park, turning the Giant
Sequoia National Monument over to the National Park Service,
create a Sonoran
Desert National Park, create a Delaware
National Coastal Heritage Park, and many others.
- Provide universal health care for all. We owe it to the children.
This page is maintained by Harold Wood.
E-mail: harold (at) planetpatriot.net