Push Back. Move Forward.

Our strategy for progress when our values are under attack

photo by Kai Gradert via Unsplash

The first 100 days of the Trump presidency has been a challenging time to be in the business of working for people and planet. For us, the “green” in Green America goes beyond working for environmental sustainability. Green means we’re working for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.

Those values of social justice, environmental preservation, and healthy communities, have been under direct threat lately from president #45. You may have noticed, in these last 100 draining days since the inauguration, we’ve been pushing back, hard. We’ve had multiple actions asking our readers and members to write to or call in to Congress, Senate or committees and stand up for what they believe in.

Your voices are making a difference: Andy Puzder was pulled as the nominee for Labor Secretary, Republican efforts to undo methane rules put in place by the Obama Administration have met resistance, and Congress is realizing that there is a growing movement of Americans that oppose pipeline construction and who want to save the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Keep reaching out to your elected officials at the federal, state, and local level and demand a green economy that works for people and the planet.

It’s not as if we’ve been sitting by for the last eight years. No matter the agenda of the president and Congress, we always push companies to be better; adopt sustainable, Earth-friendly practices; and treat workers right. We work to lift up small businesses who have already adopted forward-thinking practices and encourage people to shop from them. Lately, we’ve been calling that part #VoteWithYourDollar.

But as our staff sees we’re going to be a few blocks from President Trump for possibly four more years, we’re realizing we can’t have our eyes glued to just him and do what we’ve been aiming to do since our founding days in the early ’80s. In many meetings we’ve had since the election and inauguration, one strategy for resistance has made the most sense to us. Push back. Move forward.

Push back means that when we see politicians threaten what we work for, we’re going to call it out and take action. We also want to empower you to pay attention to your elected representatives, tell them what most concerns you, and follow-up on their actions. Green America will continue to highlight ways to use our voices to push back against assaults on the green economy.

Move forward means that we’re going to continue to strengthen our core programs — climate action, good food, socially responsible finance, fair labor, social justice — this work is more important than ever. In a time when our government is abandoning environmental and social-justice ideas, we will push businesses to adopt practices that their Earth-minded customers want to see. We will continue to be a resource to educate people on how their choices can better their own lives and the world.


Originally published at blog.greenamerica.org on May 1, 2017.