In 1945, representatives from 50 nations met in Muir Woods National Park, outside of San Francisco, California in preparation for the historical signing of the UN Charter that established the United Nations. The UN charter was based on Roosevelt’s four freedoms (freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from want and fear). A fifth was proposed for a decent, humane and meaningful environment.
William Kent, my great grandfather and Congressman from Northern California, Independent, donated Muir Woods to the Nation in 1908. The National Park Service, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016, took form in Congress in large part through his advocacy. For more information, please go here.
As we approach this historic anniversary, I propose a national conference in which people of different factions, parties and environmental groups put aside their differences and come together to devise means to sustain humanity in the new era of the 21st century and assure fair access by the Nations to raw materials they require and general plenty.
The world is changing. Global investors spent about $250 billion building new power capacity in 2008, and for the first time the majority of the money went to renewable sources, according to the United Nations.
In order to realize Roosevelt’s dream, we must work to manage our resources optimally. We must strive to influence a new generation of Americans to work in high-quality, green-collar and meaningful jobs. The goal of this conference is to put together consensus-building practices and devise best strategies, helping to inspire a new era of cooperation. Ultimately we hope to strengthen the Clean Energy and Security Act and continue to reduce carbon emissions and oil imports, spur new important regional economies and put America ahead of the 21st century economy. The inspiration will be fueled by our can-do spirit, our inherent optimism and the heritage that makes us unique as Americans on the world stage.
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