Statement on Earth Day by Peace and Freedom Candidate Eugene E Ruyle, Candidate for State Assembly, 15th District [http://ru4peace.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/203/]:
we celebrate Earth Day, it is important we keep in mind just who is
threatening our beautiful plant. As Dr. King might say, the biggest
purveyor of pollution on this planet is our own government, specifically
the U.S. military. This was made clear in a report on one of the most
unreported stories of 2010 by Project Censored, which states, in part:
“The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread
pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying
documentation goes almost entirely unreported. In spite of the evidence,
the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by
environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions or
proposed restrictions at the recent UN Climate Change Conference in
Copenhagen. This impact includes uninhibited use of fossil fuels,
massive creation of greenhouse gases, and extensive release of
radioactive and chemical contaminants into the air, water, and soil.“
(“US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet,” October
World’s Worst Polluter? The U.S. Military.
it is time that we ask that leading environmental organizations, such as
350.org, the Sierra Club, and Greenpeace, recognize this fact and call
the U.S. war machine to task. While it is essential that we continue to
protest fracking, the Keystone XL Pipeline, and GMOs, we can’t let the
war-mongers themselves off the hook.
But the worst environmental
impact of the military is its role in maintaining the global system of
corporate capitalism that puts profits before people and the planet and
is destroying our Mother Earth. The Peoples of the Earth would have put
an end to capitalism before now had it not been for the military
invasions of places like Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Yugoslavia, Iraq, and
Afghanistan as well as CIA subversion in Iran, Guatemala, Cuba, Chile,
Our Peace and Freedom Party was concerned about the
destruction of our planet even before the first Earth Day, and our
earliest platform in 1968 included a clear statement on Ecology. Our
continuing concern is made clear on our latest Platform, passed in March
2014: "The same corporate forces and economic system that exploit and
brutalize the world's working class people are destroying the world's
biosphere. These social policies and ecological destruction often
overlap. Socialism is necessary to end the ecological destruction caused
by capitalism. Our goal is a society that is in harmony with nature as
it is in harmony with its own people."
The Peace and Freedom Party therefore calls for:
Restore and protect air, water, land and ecosystems.
Outlaw destructive practices such as clear cutting, fracking,
mountaintop removal, tar sands extraction, and offshore drilling.
* Promote conservation and develop solar and other renewable energy to replace nuclear power and fossil fuels.
* End environmental racism: no toxic dumping in anyone's back yard.
* Massive development of public transportation available free or at nominal fares.
Promote an environmentally sound agricultural system which meets human
needs and protects farm workers' labor rights and standard of living.
* No genetically engineered organisms in food production.
date of the first Earth Day, April 22, was chosen because it coincided,
approximately, with the Spring Equinox, long a time of celebration of
the powers of our Mother Earth. It is no doubt purely a coincidence that
it also coincided with the 100 anniversary of the birth of Vladimir
Lenin, a National Holiday in the Soviet Union. Perhaps this is why the
FBI sent its agents to spy on Earth Day activities around the nation in
1070. Perhaps also it is time to make Earth Day a subversive idea once
again and realize that organizations such as NASA, Wells Fargo,
Southwest Airlines, Reagan Wireless, and Chevrolet are no friends of the
environment, even though they sponsor Earth Day.
And it is
definitely time we make the rich and their corporations pay for the
destruction they have caused to our planet and the people on it. That’s
why our slogan on Earth Day should be: “End the Wars and Tax the Rich
AND SAVE THE PLANET!”