Is the emphasis on climate change causing environmental groups to ignore environmental problems that are closer to home?
Earlier this week, the Sierra Club endorsed a slate of Democratic candidates for our upcoming June 7the primaries, which include elections for our Board of Supervisors, State Legislators, and Member of Congress. The endorsements did not particularly surprise me, but the Sierra Club’s complete emphasis on the candidates’ commitments to combatting climate change struck me as a bit odd. Not only are there pressing local environmental problems here in Santa Barbara County, but the records of the endorsees in dealing with these problems are decidedly mixed, whereas other candidates have strong local environmental records. So, I wrote the local papers pointing this out and essentially asking the question: Whatever happened to the environmental mantra “think globally, act locally?”
What do you think? Are we losing this mindset at the state and local levels? Is that even a concern to people who identify as environmentalists? Are environmental groups in danger of losing supporters who do not see tangible environmental improvements in their communities? Let me know your thoughts.