Letter to the Editor: Platt laments Charleston Council’s rejection of Green Plan

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Post and Courier
Charleston, South Carolina


How unfortunate that, just ten days before Christmas, Charleston City Council found itself lacking sufficient courage to adopt the Charleston Green Plan: Sustainability & Climate Protection for the 21st Century Council’s adoption would have been an extraordinary gift not only for their constituents, but also for everyone in the larger community. After all, to paraphrase John Donne’s famous sermon, “No city is an island, entire of itself. Any city’s shortcomings in sustainability diminishes the others, because all are involved in mankind. Therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Adoption of the Charleston Green Plan is a rare policy issue that transcends consideration of “liberal versus conservative.” Truly, it is one of “responsible versus irresponsible.” We pray City Council will act responsibly when it revisits this issue next year.

As articulated in its “Ten Key Values,” the Green Party is on the cutting edge of environmental responsibility: “We support a sustainable society which utilizes resources in such a way that future generations will benefit and not suffer from the practices of our generation.” City Council—as well the State Legislature and Congress—would do well to follow our lead. (See www.gp.org)

Eugene Platt
Member, Steering Committee
South Carolina Green Party


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