Natural Patriotism gathers steam

amberwavesofgrain.jpgEnvironmental Defense is drafting a Declaration of New Patriotism in anticipation of the 4th of July, 2007.  And you can contribute. This is something that the Natural Patriot can get fully behind.  It’s inspiring to see the idea of natural patriotism and bipartisan stewardship of the environment gathering steam. Let’s hope it rolls all the way through Congress and into the 2008 election.

Here is the seed that begins the Declaration, the intention being to incorporate the greater community’s comments (1108 received as of this writing!) in drafting the final document:

Global warming is the crisis of our time.

As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday, we renew our commitment to the qualities and values that have guided our nation for more than 200 years.

We the undersigned, pledge to:

  • Be mindful consumers, by minimizing our personal global warming “footprint;”
  • Be active citizens, by pressing our elected officials to take urgent action now, and by pressing all candidates for office to commit to passing strong legislation to cut America’s global warming pollution;

Please help us add to this declaration. Thank you.

My own 2 cents worth:

“The Natural Patriot’s creed is love of, and a strong moral of stewardship for, the homeland.  What sets us apart from the generic Patriot is a broader vision of the homeland, which includes not only the arbitrary nation of birth or the chosen nation of adoption but the entirety of the ever smaller world we all share.  And by the world is meant not just geography but what makes this world unique in the known universe—the interdependent web of life on which rest squarely our own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.  What, in other words, is poetically called the Creation.  Today, in the new millennium, people, commerce, and information move largely unfettered across the invisible boundaries of nations, as do the plants and animals that, intentionally or otherwise, associate with us.  Whether we choose to recognize it or not, we are one world.” 

[Photo by Harry122.]

About Emmett Duffy

I am a Natural Patriot and an ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and its importance to human society. My day job is Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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