As election day looms closer, an article in Grist reported this week that the polls are showing a majority of Californians reject Proposition 23 – that I wrote about a couple of weeks back. Apparently inter-faith leaders, university academics, prominent politicians, clean-tech entrepreneurs, actors and NGOs from all types of issue areas are clubbing together in an unlikely coalition to stop the repeal of California’s air pollution laws.
The green movement has suffered setbacks in the US – the failure of climate change legislation to date, the continued power of the dirty energy lobby, and the rise of climate deniers and the Tea Party (to name a few). The coalition appearing in California is therefore very important, and a reason for optimism. It turns out that, given something to fight against, people from all sorts of backgrounds come together and find out they believe in the same thing – namely the importance of protecting the planet, or at least their little piece of it.