You Want Change? Put It In Writing

from change.org
I don’t aspire to be a political pundit.  In fact whenever politics surface in conversation I typically hesitate to debate the finer points unless the topic is an environmental issue I know intimately.  Despite my political shyness, I can confidently say I’m excited by the election of Obama and Biden and heartened to see that this new administration is already reaching out to the public through social media, a blog, and a brand new website with opportunities for Americans to directly share their stories, hopes, and dreams before they officially take office in January.

Also worthy of mention, and of particular interest to an environmental educator like myself, Obama plans to create a Classroom Corps and a Clean Energy Corps – in the tradition of AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps – to encourage Americans to serve their communities in order to address some of our nation’s most pressing problems.  One can only hope that, while strengthening our communities, we can also work towards a more green future.

Have something on your mind that you want the President-Elect and the VP-Elect to hear?  Now is your chance.  I’ll be sending letters about environmental education and marine conservation; what will your cause be?

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2 Comments to “You Want Change? Put It In Writing”

  1. Do you have links documenting the Classroom and Clean Energy Corps? I am having trouble locating specific information on those topics.

  2. As of now the only specific information is a mention on the website at change.gov. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more concrete details in the future. Right now most of the blogosphere is going crazy with reactions to the change.gov ideas by asking where funding for the projects will come from and questioning whether or not the language is requiring or encouraging Americans to serve their communities and whether or not this is leading us towards a socialist state. As I said, I’m not a political pundit. I dont see anything wrong with giving people the opportunity to do more in their communities.