Green is the New Red White and Blue

NWF   |   April 17, 2007

Over the weekend I read two very interesting articles.  In the New York Times Magazine’s The Power of Green, Thomas Friedman makes a compelling case that “green is the new red, white, and blue.” 

He says that for too long environmentalism has been defined by its opponents as “liberal,” “Tree-hugging,” “sissy,” “girlie-man,” “unpatriotic,” and “vaguely French.” 

Instead, Friedman says “… I want to rename "green." I want to rename it geostrategic, geoeconomic, capitalistic and patriotic. I want to do that because I think that living, working, designing, manufacturing and projecting America in a green way can be the basis of a new unifying political movement for the 21st century. A redefined, broader and more muscular green ideology is not meant to trump the traditional Republican and Democratic agendas but rather to bridge them when it comes to addressing the three major issues facing every American today: jobs, temperature and terrorism.

"How do our kids compete in a flatter world? How do they thrive in a warmer world? How do they survive in a more dangerous world? Those are, in a nutshell, the big questions facing America at the dawn of the 21st century. But these problems are so large in scale that they can only be effectively addressed by an America with 50 green states — not an America divided between red and blue states."

Imagine.  Read the whole article by clicking here.

Another article along the same lines was The Washington Post’s Global Warming a Security Risk.  This article highlighted a report done by CNA Corporation that was written by six retired admirals and five retired generals.  They warned that global warming impacts such as drought, hunger, and refugees from rising sea levels are going to further destabilize already unstable regions and potentially draw the United States into these situations.  The article goes on to say we can invest now in global warming solutions, or the cost will be much higher in addressing this problem later on.  Read the article by clicking here. 

Published: April 17, 2007