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#EarthDay Is Not A Hippie Holiday

~~ If we don’t manage waste and our business assets responsibly, our business will fail.

~~ Same goes for humankind managing the earth’s resources. But the stakes are much higher – we only have one planet.

~~ Responsible waste disposal and resource management must not be partisan issues.

~~ Here is what some of our leaders have said about preservation of Earth’s environment over the years. Earth Day is not a hippy holiday, and concern over the environment is not a left wing cause.

“Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“As we peer into society’s future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Restoring nature to its natural state is a cause beyond party and beyond factions. It has become a common cause of all the people of this country. It is a cause of particular concern to young Americans, because they more than we will reap the grim consequences of our failure to act on programs which are needed now if we are to prevent disaster later.” — Richard Nixon

“The preservation of parks, wilderness, and wildlife has also aided liberty by keeping alive the 19th century sense of adventure and awe with which our forefathers greeted the American West. Many laws protecting environmental quality have promoted liberty by securing property against the destrutctive trespass of pollution. In our own time, the nearly universal appreciation of these preserved landscapes, restored waters, and cleaner air through outdoor recreation is a modern expression of our freedom and leisure to enjoy the wonderful life that generations past have built for us.” — Ronald Reagan

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” — Henry David Thoreau

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The Unlikely Coalition That Helped Determine Our Internet Future

~~ Nothing could be more inspiring to me than to see political groups put aside polarization and the “us vs them” mentality to join in a mission to improve our country for all citizens. Here is the fascinating back story of 2 unlikely allies from the left and right edges of the political spectrum who united to drive the recently successful effort to re-establish Net Neutrality.

~~ “When it comes to protecting Internet freedom, the Christian Coalition and MoveOn respectfully agree,” read the New York Times ad. MoveOn was the largest progressive organization in America, and the Christian Coalition a key group for conservative religious activists. They’d been on the other side of myriad issues, but never teamed up on anything before.

“It’s nice to not always be predictable,” said MoveOn co-founder Joan Blades. “When MoveOn shows up, people expect what we’re going to say. But when MoveOn and the Christian Coalition show up together, people think, ‘If these guys can agree on this, maybe it’s something I should pay attention to.’ You get a totally different response.”

“It was wonderful to make a difference on an issue that not a lot of people are thinking about, but is very big in terms of maintaining a public square that benefits everybody. It was a very happy ending.”

“I think it’s America at its best when you come together like this,” said Michele Combs, Christian Coalition’s communications director. “At the end of the day everyone wants to make a better country for their families, for the future. When we talk basic values, there’s a lot we come together on.” Working with new allies also energized her. “When people on either side of the aisle work with others who feel the same way as they do, there’s often in-fighting and egos. When you work with a group you normally disagree with, you’re coming together without common baggage. You’re both passionate, and you get a lot done. Not that I don’t appreciate the organizations I usually work with, but when a group like ours comes together with MoveOn or the National Wildlife Federation, it shows that we really can find common ground.”

Read here how the Christian Coalition and MoveOn Joined to Help Save Net Neutrality.

~~ CHEERS TO NET NEUTRALITY and  WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE OUR NATION BETTER!  — Tim