Mayor Says Sustainability Is About Community, Not Politics

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In Washington, the debate over what to do about climate change is split largely down party lines. The Republican mayor of Greensburg, Kansas, rejects that idea: “We perceive certain things when we hear ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’—preconceived ideas of what Republicans or Democrats think on issues—when in fact, it should come down to what do we as citizens think on these issues,” he says. “It’s about us as a society surviving and the ability to endure, and that’s what true sustainability is.” (NPR)

Use our resources to see how Greensburg became a sustainable city.

Discussion Ideas

  • Greensburg, Kansas, Mayor Bob Dixon said he had to “get past the idea that being ‘green’ was a liberal principle.” Why do you think sustainability is associated with liberal or Democratic ideas? Reading the short section in the NPR article “The Fight in Congress” might help.
    • Many conservatives and Republicans think that restrictions imposed by the federal government (such as limits on carbon emissions) will hurt the economy. Many think the U.S. needs more time to create an infrastructure based on renewable energy.
    • The article quotes Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Kentucky. He criticizes carbon-emission limits because “we do not have enough renewable power to come close to meeting” the gap left by limiting the energy produced by coal-fired power plants.

One response to “Mayor Says Sustainability Is About Community, Not Politics

  1. Thanks for sharing. I agree to the fact that it should be what do we as citizens think on these issues rather than republicans and democrats giving their views. It’s purely about us as a society surviving and the ability to endure, and that’s what true sustainability is.

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