Respect for the Planet

We believe that we have an obligation to future generations to protect the wonderful creation that is our life-sustaining planet. We should respect the interdependent web of all plants and animals of which we are a part. Our grandchildren have a right to clean air, fresh water, life-sustaining oceans, a protective ozone layer and healthy forests.
  1. We should acknowledge that all people and all countries are affected by environmental policies and we should strive to work together to protect and preserve the world’s natural resources. The economic and health benefits of sound environmental protection are well established.
  2. The U.S. is in a unique position to take a leadership role in developing new technologies and working for new global policies to foster responsible stewardship of the Earth. A national environmental project with the same sense of urgency and tenacity as the Marshall Plan could put our country in the lead in attacking environmental problems, providing alternative energy sources and fostering new clean industries.  
  3. We should encourage policies to eliminate the profligate consumption of our limited natural resources. It is imperative to insist on clean air and fresh water and to protect the oceans, the rain forests and the ozone layer.
  4. We should insist on policies that prohibit the militarization of outer space.
  5. We should immediately acknowledge the scientific evidence for global warming and the ensuing dangers it presents for the entire planet. We should undertake substantive measures to reduce the underlying causes. This initiative would include a major program of incentives and research to reduce the use of fossil fuels and to promote alternative energy sources. The United States has a moral responsibility to assume a strong leadership position on this issue as we are the biggest consumer of the earth’s resources.
  6. We should work toward minimizing our dependence on foreign oil and other hydrocarbons. Any country that is dependent on other countries for an essential resource is vulnerable to economic and political blackmail. At the same time we should not infringe on our natural wilderness treasures to produce more oil and gas.  We should promote increased energy efficiency and conservation as essential national goals. We should also accept the necessary shared sacrifices to achieve these goals.
  7. To facilitate meeting the challenges of restoring and preserving our environment, we need to restrain consumerism and materialism. The economic benefits of environmental protection are well established. We must also recognize and honor non-economic and non-quantifiable values of a healthy environment as we strive for responsible and loving stewardship of the natural world.8.    We should encourage and acknowledge those industries, corporations and urban planners who incorporate environmentally sound policies into their business practices, future recommendations and building plans.