Last week, I sat down in Washington, DC with Leah Durant, Executive Director of "Progressives for Immigration reform." www.progressivesforimmigrationreform.org
Together, Ms. Durant and I watched a sobering slide show by Dr. Jack Alpert on sustainability: www.skil.org After the program, we discussed "Temporal Blindness" as espoused by Alpert, "Temporal blindness is a limitation in cognitive process. People with temporal blindness cannot gather and process available information into predictions of future conditions. Their processes cannot connect future conditions to a causing behavior. When their processes do create unpleasant predictions, and identify the causal behavior, they fail to create enough present meaning for the future conditions to motivate a change in that behavior."
In other words, Americans cannot escape their own assumptions that the way the 20th century unfolded with unlimited wealth and consumption--could ever vanish. Therefore, they continue their profligate consumption, waste and population growth as if nothing negative will become of their actions. Even with unavoidable realities piling up faster than the Titanic sank!
Later we discussed what we saw and what her organization strives to accomplish.
Ms. Durant served as an attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. She works for sustainable living initiatives within the U.S. and internationally. She earned a B.A. at the University of Maryland and a J.D. from the University Of Maryland School Of Law.
"Progressives for immigration reform is a non-profit organization that supports the principles of protecting workers' rights and ensuring fair wages for America's workforce," said Durant.
Her website includes information on all aspects of immigration. The Pulse Opinion Survey, conducted April 2009 revealed:
67 percent of liberals felt the level of population growth caused by immigration negatively impacts the quality of life in the U.S.