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Jill Stein on Environment

Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor

 


Ban neonicotinoid pesticides that threaten pollinators

Q: What steps will you take to protect biological diversity?

STEIN: Protecting biodiversity is an extremely important and often overlooked priority. Here is how we will act to protect biodiversity:

  1. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity & parks. Ban neonicotinoids and other pesticides that threaten the survival of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
  2. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on new GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe.
  3. Support organic and regenerative agriculture and sustainable forestry.
  4. Protect the rights of future generations. Adopt the Precautionary Principle. The proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof.
  5. Enact stronger environmental justice laws and measures to ensure that low-income and communities of color are not disproportionately impacted by harmful pollution.
  6. Support conversion to sustainable, nontoxic materials and the use of closed-loop, zero waste processes.
    Source: ScienceDebate.org: 20 questions for 2016 presidential race , Oct 9, 2016

    Apply federal Superfund program to polluted drinking water

    Q: What steps will you take to deal with aging infrastructure, aquifer depletion, pollution, and ensure access to clean water?

    JILL STEIN: We need a national comprehensive water plan. Clean water is a human right. The Green New Deal's focus on infrastructure will help prevent future poisoned drinking water crises like that in Flint, Michigan. Rejuvenating the federal Superfund program will help clean up the polluted drinking water of millions of Americans.

    TRUMP: must explore all options to include making desalinization more affordable and working to build the distribution infrastructure to bring this scarce resource to where it is needed for our citizens and those who produce the food of the world.

    CLINTON: Chronic underinvestment in our nation's drinking and wastewater systems poses health risks to humans and wildlife, disrupts ecosystems, and disproportionately impacts communities of color.

    Source: ScienceDebate.org: 20 questions for 2016 presidential race , Oct 9, 2016

    Adopt the Precautionary Principle

    Source: Stein-Baraka platform on 2016 presidential campaign website , Aug 8, 2016

    Stand up to the aggressive abuse of eminent domain

    Brave citizens in Huntingdon County, PA are occupying their land to defend against illegal clear-cutting of wetlands to pave the way for a Sunoco gas pipeline.

    I applaud them for standing up to the aggressive abuse of eminent domain, which is increasingly used to benefit private corporations while trampling landowners' rights as well as environmental protections.

    This is yet another example of how fracking is devastating our environment. We need to ?#?BanFrackingNow and push for a Green New Deal to create millions of jobs in the transition to 100% clean renewable energy.

    Source: Facebook post on "DrJillStein" , Apr 1, 2016

    Create local, sustainable, organic, plant-based food system

    For the first time in history, the Green Party of the United States (GPUS) is establishing an animal-rights committee to help bring animal issues to the national political stage. In a vote of 67-14, the GPUS National Committee passed a proposition authorizing the historic animal welfare agency that will serve to inform and advise Green Party candidates and officeholders on animal issues. "Animals have inadequate protection by local, state, and federal law," the proposition detailed.

    While the independent political party does not make any formal mention of veganism in its doctrine--unlike that of the Humane Party--its platform has a focus on "peace and non-violence, ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, and social justice." Its 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein has spoken out in favor of a "Green New Deal" that would include creating a "local, sustainable, organic" food system that promotes "wonderful and nourishing plant-based foods."

    Source: Richard Bowie on VegNews.com vegan lifestyle magazine , Mar 31, 2016

    Water should be tested for radioactivity and heavy metals

    It's hard to miss the water contamination that residents in Flint, Michigan, are experiencing. Television footage shows family members holding bottles of yellow, orange or brown water. They could see and taste the change in their water quality shortly after Gov. Rick Snyder ordered the switch to supply water from the polluted Flint River, rather than Lake Huron, without adding anti-corrosives to prevent leaching from lead pipes in early 2014.

    Since national attention has turned to Flint, information from other cities is coming to light showing similar problems. Not talked about, perhaps because it is harder to see, is a national water contamination crisis caused by radioactive and other heavy metals leaking from the more than 15,000 abandoned uranium mines. Water should be tested for radioactivity, as well as for heavy metals such as lead. Water should be tested for radioactivity, as well as for heavy metals such as lead.

    Source: Truthout OpEd by Margaret Flowers and Jill Stein , Feb 5, 2016

    Moratorium on GMOs until they are proven safe

    Protect Mother Earth: Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.
    Source: 2016 presidential campaign website, jill2016.com, "Plan" , Jun 25, 2015

    Restore shorelines, deltas, forests, and grazing systems

    We look at restoring shorelines, restoring deltas, restoring forests, restoring grazing systems & so on, because once you begin to do that, you incredibly magnify everything else that you do in regards to mitigating the impacts of climate change. To zero out climate emissions, you also have to accelerate natural carbon sequestration through ecosystems. That's the only way to do it reliably. There are many forms of restoration which also create jobs and save us humongous amounts of money in the long haul.
    Source: Interview with Candice Bernd of Truthout.org , Jun 25, 2015

    Promote sustainable agriculture & freedom from toxic threats

    Jill Stein is the co-author of two widely-praised reports, "In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development," published in 2000, and "Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging," published in 2009. The first of these has been translated into four languages and is used worldwide. The reports promote green local economies, sustainable agriculture, clean power, and freedom from toxic threats.

    Her "Healthy People, Healthy Planet" teaching program reveals the links between human health, climate security, and green economic revitalization. This body of work has been presented at government, public health and medical conferences, and has been used to improve public policy.

    Jill began to advocate for the environment as a human health issue in 1998 when she realized that politicians were simply not acting to protect children from the toxic threats. She played a key role in the effort to get the Massachusetts fish advisories updated to better protect women & children from mercury contamination.

    Source: 2016 presidential campaign website, Jill2016.com, "About" , Apr 15, 2015

    Filthy Five: clean up coal plants in Massachusetts

    Jill began to advocate for the environment as a human health issue in 1998 when she realized that politicians were simply not acting to protect children from the toxic threats emerging from current science.

    Jill has testified before numerous legislative panels as well as local and state governmental bodies. She played a key role in the effort to get the Massachusetts fish advisories updated to better protect women and children from mercury contamination, which can contribute to learning disabilities and attention deficits in children. She also helped lead the successful campaign to clean up the "Filthy Five" coal plants in Massachusetts, an effort that resulted in getting coal plant regulations signed into law that were the most protective around at that time. Her testimony on the effects of mercury and dioxin contamination from the burning of waste helped preserve the Massachusetts moratorium on new trash incinerator construction in the state.

    Source: 2016 presidential campaign website, Jill2016.com, "About" , Mar 21, 2015

    Current food subsidies drive system towards FrankenFood

    Q: If elected president would you eliminate federal farm subsidies?

    STEIN: Our food system should be treated for what it is and not as a tool for agribusiness and market share. Our current subsidies drive the food system towards a very unhealthy industrialized FrankenFood type system. Those subsidies need to be redirected to support small farmers and to support community farms and the institutions that can provide real food in a way that is sustainable for the long haul. That means localized food systems rather than this globalized industrial factory system which is extremely unhealthy for the economy, farmers and for people who eat the food. The planet is being poisoned by the pesticides and the greenhouse gases that are being produced by the current system.

    Source: iSideWith.com interview of Jill Stein , Nov 1, 2012

    Connect the dots between super hurricanes and oil burning

    In an effort to connect the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline being constructed by the multinational corporation TransCanada to extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein showed up to support the Tar Sands Blockade. Stein chose to risk arrest by taking supplies to the tree sitters. Backpacks and warm winter clothing were some of the supplies that were successfully delivered, but police being paid by TransCanada detained and later arrested Stein for taking action. Stein issued a statement posted by the Blockade on why she had chosen to show support:

    "I'm here to connect the dots between super storm Sandy and the record heat, drought, and fire we've seen this year--and this Tar Sands pipeline, which will make all of these problems much worse. And I'm here to connect the dots between climate devastation and pipeline politicians--both Obama and Romney--who are competing, as we saw in the debates, for the role of Puppet-In-Chief for the fossil fuel industry.

    Source: FireDogLake.com, "Jill Stein Arrested", by Kevin Gosztola , Oct 31, 2012

    EPA should apply science, free from polluters' influence

    Jill Stein said today that the resignation of Lisa Jackson as head of the Environmental Protection Agency underscores the resistance of the Obama administration to dealing with climate change and the environment: "Pres. Obama said any action would have to take a back seat to getting the economy moving again. He just doesn't grasp that the path to full employment starts with building a clean energy future," noted Stein.

    Jackson decided to leave due to her frustration over constant fights with the White House over climate change and the rejection of key environmental proposals such as regulating ozone. Obama last year decided to suspend EPA's new rules to reduce smog.

    Stein added, "We need an EPA committed to protecting the environment, and to a transparent, democratic process within the agency. This is essential if the EPA is to apply science in the public interest, free from the corrupting influence of industry that has historically had too much influence over EPA scientific decisions."

    Source: FireDogLake.com, "Jill Stein Arrested", by Kevin Gosztola , Oct 31, 2012

    Green Transition Program: convert gray economy to green

    The second priority of the Green New Deal is a Green Transition Program that will convert the old, gray economy into the new green economy. We will do this by shifting to green technologies and sustainable ways of making things. We must do this right now because the environment is the foundation for our economy--and for life itself. And that environment is deeply imperiled.

    The benefits we get from the environment dwarf those that come to us from human economic activity--even when measured strictly in dollar terms. What we usually call "the environment" is really another word for Mother Nature's economy. A business model that destroys our forests, our fisheries, our topsoil, our water supplies, our health, and our climate--is a business model that will inevitably collapse upon itself. And an economy that is addicted to ever-increasing supplies of oil is not only doomed, it is a national security disaster just waiting to happen.

    Source: Green Party 2012 People's State of the Union speech , Jan 25, 2012

    Environment & economy are interdependent; not at odds

    Q: Should natural resources be protected, or be used for the benefit of humanity?

    A: By protecting natural resources, we are protecting humanity. Humanity is completely screwed, very soon, if we fail to protect these resources. They should be used sustainably for the benefit of humanity. The environment and the economy are interdependent--they are not at odds with each other. In order to have a prosperous economy, you need to have the healthy environment to support it: for energy, for food, and for other aspects. The idea that they're pitted against each other is a concoction of misinformation from those who exploit the environment. We allow them to exploit the environment at our own peril, as we see from everything from air pollution and its health impact, to water shortages, to flooding, to extreme storms. These are not just happening in the Third World: we are beginning to pay the price for this very misguided, short-term, short-sighted exploitation of the environment.

    Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

    Sustainable transportation plus sustainable food supply

    When we move to truly sustainable transportation systems, which are energy-efficient and have a means for pedestrian and bicycles interfacing with trains--that makes for healthy people AND more efficient uses of energy. We want to look at public transportation options as well as the means of a sustainable food supply--integrated with renewable sources of energy. Put those together with exercise integrated into our community life and you drastically undercut Homeland Security costs.
    Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

    $200M for 50,000 green jobs: address both supply demand

    We will jumpstart the Massachusetts economy through the creation of 50,000 green jobs. Green jobs pay for themselves through savings in healthcare costs, and energy & waste disposal. Green jobs include:We can jump start a surge of green jobs by redirecting dollars that Gov. Patrick is wasting in sweetheart deals like the $200 million he wants to give to developers to add to the glut of shopping malls and office parks. Instead we can use that money to establish a revolving zero-interest loan fund for small business that provide green jobs. By making similar zero-interest loans available to consumers--such as home weatherization and green energy retrofits--we can prime the pump at both the supply and demand side for this new green infrastructure.
    Source: 2010 Gubernatorial Campaign website jillstein.org, "Issues" , Sep 29, 2010

    Sustainable development; and ban genetically modified food

    Source: Campaign web site, JillForGov.org, “Issues” , Nov 24, 2001

    Weak scientific understanding of effects of toxic exposure

    Source: In Harm`s Way, by Jill Stein et al, pp. 1-7 , Jan 1, 2000

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