October 3rd, 2014
Maryland’s recent election was about change. It was about improving the economy, creating more jobs, and reducing government spending and a strangling tax burden. But it was also a rallying cry for doing things differently on the environment. I’m a Marylander with a vested interest in the economic and environmental wellbeing of this state. I want my girls to stay in Maryland, prosper and raise their families here in a state that offers so much promise and opportunity. So, it is with this intro that I share some thoughts, ideas, and aspirations.
Amidst the ever-increasing criticism of the U.S. EPA and environmental regulations are glimmers of hope and positive developments at the state-level on a “newish” approach to restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Last week, a confab gathered in Virginia to celebrate and promote market-based nutrient trading aimed at helping to accelerate the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. It was a star-studded event with the likes of EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, White House CEQ Chair, Mike Boots, and Governor McAuliffe, among others. McCarthy said it best:
Virginia’s nutrient trading program is a strong example of how to create economic opportunity and new income for rural America, while protecting and improving local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. (more…)
Maryland's recent election was about change. It was about improving the economy, creating more jobs, and reducing government spending and a strangling tax burden. But [more]
Amazing death defying must see video of Sam Hardy and Nathan Jones of Project: Base doing some crazy wingsuit flying in Amhara Ethiopia, hugging the rocks, rills and [more]
I want to introduce the readers of this blog to a new organization that is worth getting to know. The Earth Stewardship Alliance's mission is to promote the good [more]
Republicans looking for lessons learned from the last election should note how a balanced environmental platform helped Republican John Vihstadt win reelection to the [more]
Water is the new oil, or so say those who understand the true value of water. This week 60 Minutes aired a compelling new segment, "Depleting the Water." Link to [more]
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Americans have a strong, moral belief in stewardship, deeply rooted in the ideals of conservatism and woven into the fabric of a free and resilient society. Conservatism acknowledges the obligations of individuals and society to ensure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And in the traditions of Roger Scruton, Russell Kirk and Edmund Burke, the authors seek to promote the values of ordered liberty and prudent restraint upon power and oft insatiable human appetite.
Conservefewell is a forum where diverse and thoughtful minds share ideas and developments affecting our natural environment. We are a group of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, former government officials, policy experts, and environmental advocates who are committed to changing the tone and dialogue of environmental stewardship. We aspire to inspire and motivate others to think and act differently about environmental stewardship. Yet, unfortunately, in today’s highly-charged political environment, the topic of the environment itself often pits individuals and groups against one another. And the debate is often politicized, ignores science, or is oversimplified, when in reality the topic is much more complex.
While we acknowledge and celebrate the environmental progress of the last four decades, we believe the environmental challenges and risks to society that lie ahead demand more thoughtful and reasoned responses. If we are to succeed in safeguarding our natural heritage, we must call upon the leaders of society, whether they be found in government or civic associations, i.e., families, local clubs and environmental groups, institutions, and churches – which Burke fondly referred to as society’s little platoons – to endeavor to find new ways to collaborate and promote sustainable solutions. And we believe that these complex issues and attending difficult conversations warrant a more respectful and thoughtful tone in our public discourse.
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