It is time to embark upon a similarly ambitious set of reforms to ensure no elected or appointed official, including the president, is allowed to abuse their power.
Mega-mergers in many sectors — from finance to agriculture to technology — have increased corporate power and control, both in economic and political terms. Today, corporations have a stronger electoral voice than ever and greater lobbying power.
Friends of the Earth strives for a healthier and just world. Yet, environmental and social progress on every issue we work on — from curbing climate change to ensuring the safety of the food we eat and the water we drink — is hampered by threats to our democratic system.
The federal government is working toward permitting industrial ocean sh farms in federal ocean waters without explicit Congressional authorization. The Keep Fin sh Free Act (H.R. 2467) simply provides the opportunity for Congress to weigh in before allowing federal agencies to issue commercial permits.
We need a massive expansion of diversified, organic and ecologically regenerative farming systems. These are based on practices that draw carbon out of the atmosphere and produce abundant, nutritious food using less energy and water.
Climate policy must combine environmental stewardship with economic, social and racial justice. In addition, federal climate policy will require not only aggressive mandates but massive public investment — a missing piece from previous climate proposals steeped in market fundamentalism.