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Carmelo Ruiz <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 19 Oct 2004 13:25:24 -0700
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Nosotros los ecologistas nos hemos dedicado a pintar
cuadros apocalípticos y escenarios nefastos. Yo mismo
me debo declarar culpable de ese pecadillo.  Quizás
deberíamos dedicar más tiempo y recursos a delinear y
trazar la sociedad ecológica a la que aspiramos, en
otras palabras hablar más de soluciones, propuestas y
alternativas- agricultura ecológica, energías
renovables, ecoturismo, etc.

Después de todo, Martin Luther King hizo historia con
la frase "I have a dream".  Pero los ecologistas
usualmente decimos  "I have a nightmare".  No en balde
espantamos a la gente con nuestro "gloom and doom".

El Apollo Program se dedica precisamente a educar a la
gente sobre el calentamiento global, no con cuentos de
horror y portentos funestos sino con una visión
positiva e inspiradora de independencia energética y
empleos pa' tó el mundo.


ENGLISH VERSION

We environmentalists have dedicated ourselves to
weaving apocalyptic futures and horrendous worst case
scenarios.  (I myself must plead guilty to this).
Maybe we should devote more time and resources to
visualizing and describing the ecological society that
we aspire to create.  In other words, let's talk about
solutions, proposals and alternatives- ecological
agriculture, renewable energies, ecotourism, etc.

In a very valuable recent document on global warming,
authors Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus point
out that Martin Luther King made history with the
phrase "I have a dream".  They ask if he would have
made the same impact by saying "I have a nightmare".
No wonder we enviros scare people off with our
constant gloom and doom.

This is why I feel very uplifted by the work of the
APOLLO ALLIANCE, which educates people on the issue of
global warming without horror stories but with a
positive and inspiring vision of energy independence
and jobs for all.

-CRM


http://www.apolloalliance.org/

The Apollo Alliance for Good Jobs and Clean Energy

"The Apollo Alliance is building a broad coalition
within the labor, environmental, business, urban, and
faith communities in support of good jobs and energy
independence.  The Alliance is developing public
education campaigns and communications strategies to
link allies and build a national constituency for a
bold, broad based, and immediate program of public
policy."


CHECK OUT ALSO THE BREAKTHROUGH PROJECT:

http://www.thebreakthrough.org/


=====
Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero
Director, Proyecto de Bioseguridad http://bioseguridad.blogspot.com/
Research Associate, Institute for Social Ecology http://www.social-ecology.org/
Fellow, Environmental Leadership Program http://www.elpnet.org/
Senior Fellow, Society of Environmental Journalists http://www.sej.org/

http://carmeloruiz.blogspot.com/



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