My Thoughts: A recent Move To Amend email from Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap kindled this post. I admit, I have a soft spot in my heart relating to Rachael Carson. She was a marine biologist and conservationist who in 1962 wrote the environmental classic Silent Spring, where she “challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government, and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world.” The book primarily looked at the flagrant agricultural uses of DDT and caused widespread controversy over that practice and the uses of pesticides in agriculture generally. This book led me on a path to which I have stayed to date – being a vegetarian. Interestingly, that choice continues to periodically be re-justified as yet another miracle pesticide or artificial product is found to be significantly harmful to man, the environment or both. Often this is after corporations have push it on the public as fast and as hard as possible. So where are we?
I believe “Corporate Person-hood” is the single most powerful and destructive principle impeding the application of democracy in the USA and around the world. It permeates every aspect of the governing process and feeds directly into the spreading of inequality and the inability of our governments to function for “We The People”. However, the problems are much more that just environmental, but this is as a good a place as any to start.
In celebration of EarthDay, please sign the Move to Amend petition below and keep this concept in mind, only supporting policies and candidates that believe and act accordingly – “CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE”.