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Sandy, Katrina, and Climate Justice

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States, coastal towns, residents and business owners are baffled. Humanity has never faced such a crisis. We must find new ways now to protect infrastructure and the public both rich and poor without destroyingthe environment and wrecking the economy.

That's why we need a gathering of our best minds, to meet and seek truly innovative solutions for the New York City Bioregion. It is long past time to gather the brightest most committed people from all parts of the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut/and Pennsylvania Bioregion for a series of charrettes, an open space dialogue and analysis, to discuss the best, most pragmatic route to a better future for our communities.

Working together, we can develop a new blueprint, an implementable comprehensive and equitable plan based on redevelopment for resilient economic prosperity, social justice, and human and ecological health. We need vibrant sustainable, small business, main street economy solutions; with a focus on local energy, local food, and local people. Together we must seek positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes for all of our citizens. The participants in this great gathering must be many, varied and inclusive. We must invite not just government officials, but entrepreneurs and social venture capital investors; environmentalists and economists; planners and co-housing/eco village developers; Transition Town advocates, Permaculture practitioners and foodshed advocates; charitable foundation directors and futurists; students and union members; social service agency directors and religious leaders; fishermen; organic and biodynamic, rural, suburban, and urban farmers; academics, and local business people. All points of view are needed to come up with implementable visionary ideas that can lead us safely through the impending economic and climate change crises and into A Bright Green Future.

Intensifying climate change, with its rising oceans and killer storms, with its catastrophic wave and wind damage coming again soon, tell us we can't wait. Now is the time to narrow the gulf between rich and poor, or that gulf will rend the very fabric of society. We're all in this together. It's time we brought everyone to the table and made a start.

*Andy Willner of Keyport, NJ, is spearheading an action agenda for A Bright Green Future for the New York City Bioregion. See more at: http://www.andrewwillner.com*

-- Andrew Willner Sustainability Solutions 85 Osborn Street Keyport, NJ 07735 732 768 4848 andrew. Email address removed http://www.andrewwillner.com

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