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Idealists Need Not Apply


The realists have won the day and they believe only in Pentagon budgets, data driven education and the pragmatism of multi-billion dollar bank payouts. Enter Bill McKibben originator of and his merry band of college students. All they wanted to do was return the solar panel that Ronald Reagan had removed from the White House. In a time when climate change has flooded Pakistan, fried Russians and given us temperature extremes unheard of sense such data has been recorded, you’d think accepting a solar panel wouldn’t be a big deal. After all, Mrs. Obama’s installation of an organic garden at the White House resulted in a marked increase in seed sales. Imagine what installing a panel on the roof could do! But, Mr. McKibben and friends were rejected as were the 40,000 people who signed on to the letter in support of the effort.

See, former President Jimmy Carter had installed solar panels in the 70’s. He recognized the importance of energy independence especially when the gas crisis hit. The current White House resident is more of a Reagan Democrat than an adherent to Carter’s populous ideas. Mr. Obama and his advisers deify the corporate model, Wall Street insiders are their mentors, heroes and former employers. The only oil crisis they recognize is how to cover up the long term effects of the BP spill and how to keep the Pentagon’s tanks topped off. Accepting a solar panel from a bunch of granola eating environmental activists is anathema to a government that has allied itself with endless war and outmoded energy.

Somewhere in a parallel universe it seemed that Americans loved dreamers, folks with vision and the courage to attempt the impossible to arrive at the improbable. In the current reality idealists are seen as idiots, the smart people don’t really believe in God (they just act like it so the dumb ones will continue to follow), and everyone knows that destruction is way more profitable than sustainability. When you destroy there’s always rebuilding to be done, when you sustain there’s no capital gains. So, Mr. McKibben and friends, thanks but no thanks . . .the administration will de-liberate and you can help reduce CO2 to 350 ppm by just holding your breath and waiting for change.


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Welcome Everyone…This is the new website for Earth Emissaries. Please follow us here as we travel to the People’s World Conference on Climate Change & the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia (April 19-22, 2010). We are traveling to Bolivia to witness and participate in an organized effort to gather indigenous, non-corporate, committed Earth citizens so that, together, we can envision and begin to enact a blueprint for a new world of sharing, not exploitation ~ one based on sustainability and harmony between humans, animals and nature.

At last year’s UN Conference on Climate Change that was held in Copenhagen, it was apparent that the conference was another effort by the wealthy nations to organize methods to maintain unsustainable economic and social policies disguised as progressive change. Bolivia’s President, Evo Morales, questioned how a world undergoing such profound economic, cultural, and environmental shifts could continue with the same “growth based” formula for advancement. He recognized that no one spoke of the Earth as a living entity with rights that must be honored. Therefore, President Morales has proposed the first of its kind global conference for the Rights of Earth in the midst of a profound, global quickening, and we will be there to share the story.

Earth Emissaries is using the power of web media to bring you into the conference to hear views, perspectives, and creative solutions from attendees and local community in Bolivia. You will also be able to share your thoughts and ideas with us through this website, as well as by joining us on Twitter ( and our Facebook group: Supporters of “Earth Emissaries” at Bolivia Conference.

We are requesting your support in this effort to document and participate in this historic event. Your donations are tax deductible, thanks to the sponsorship of One Common Unity (OCU), a Washington, DC based non-profit long known for innovative peace education and arts based community development. To make an online contribution go here. No contribution is too small. Please be sure to reference “Bolivia Conference” when you make your donation. Thank you for your support!!

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