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May 21, 2005

The Cascade Agenda

Evergreen Politics ally Alex Steffen of WorldChanging considers "The Cascade Agenda", a 100-year plan from the Cascade Land Conservancy just released that presents idea for protecting natural systems around Puget Sound:

[T]he Cascade Agenda, is far from perfect, in my view: I question some of the political assumptions it makes, particularly the idea that compensating private landholders for not trashing the environment is a wise policy direction; and I find it far too linear in its scenaric thinking (the future is rarely anything like what we anticipate it to be, especially over such a long time frame), and far too based in present assumptions -- where, for example, is the neccessary grappling with the implications of climate change here?

But those are, in some ways, minor points. The major point, I think, that the debate changes when you ask these sorts of long-view questions. We here in the Seattle area now have at least a start towards a blueprint for treating our place as if we planned to stay.

What do you make of The Cascade Agenda?  Visionary plan, or hype?

Posted by Jon Stahl on May 21, 2005 at 03:54 PM in Policy | Permalink


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"Whatever you can, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." - Goethe

"We still need conservationists who will attempt the impossible, achieving it because they aren’t aware how impossible it is." - David Brower

In general, I think environmental organizations tend to react, and treat symptoms, rather than crafting a vision for the future. Thinking bigger is inspirational, and inspiration fuels the movement.

Posted by: Dave | May 23, 2005 1:33:54 PM

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