Best of SoS: PANEL – Red and Blue Together?

This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS), the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.918333_u_s__capitol_building

Each week, in our Best of SoS feature, we review one of our favorite episodes. Like what you see? Head over to our upgrade page for a special offer to own the entire Spring of Sustainability series. 

On April 4th, Spring of Sustainability featured a panel titled Red and Blue Together: How We Can Work At The Intersection of Progressive and Conservative Values for a Healthy Planet?

Moderated by J. Manuel Herrera, the panel revealed some out-of-the-box thinking.

Dennis Kucinich foresaw the rejection of an opposing 2-party system, moving to a party that was a synthesis of the best of the Democrats and Republicans. Kucinich believes that doing this is the only way to protect our environment:

If we’re going to protect the earth and the future of the planet…we need to look for new forms of politics, engagement, of political action.

Bill Shireman, Director of Future 500, saw the dire need for collaboration between “odd bedfellows–on the right and the left, and between corporations and NGOs.” The right and left must find their commonalities rather than focusing on opposing interests.

And Ross Robertson, environmental journalist, said, “environmentalism has been evolving and we now have much more common ground than we think.”

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