Editor's note: Today, Lenny Dee joins our crew of regular contributors here. Among many other things, he's one of the co-founders of Onward Oregon.
New Years Eve found us with dear friends making wishes for 2007. I mentioned a desire to help Oregonians to actively work for substantial policy changes to combat global warming. Unfortunately what followed were long laments about being better citizens, driving less, cutting consumption, on and on. No matter how often I tried to steer the conversation back to what we could do collectively my friends kept coming back to personal choices.
Right now at Onward Oregon, we're pushing hard to pass the Governor's renewable energy proposal, focusing on what we can do together, yet I know many Oregonians see global warming primarily in the context of personal behavior. If you look at the City of Portland's Peak Oil Plan it emphasizes both collective and personal action. The question is how we create a synthesis of the two. At Onward Oregon we welcome your thoughts and ideas.
A neighbor's daughter plays classic soccer. This weekend 15 families are individually driving to Ashland so that their girl can play in what really is a recreational soccer game. How do we develop an ethos that makes that an unacceptable choice? Or do we as Al Gore suggests reconfigure our taxes to primarily have a carbon tax that economically forces sustainable behavior? Is there another way?