2006, Clearwater, Florida
Steven J. Schmidt (SJS)
GreenPolicy360 Founder / Siterunner
Personal Contact: email@example.com
Siterunner / Comments
A Whole Earth Point of View -- http://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Category:Whole_Earth
- Steven Schmidt, GreenPolicy360 Siterunner....
- DYK? Yes, we know, we remember the beginnings !
- 'Earthrise' and 'Earth Day'
On the 50th Anniversary
Memories on the Road to the First Earth Day
By Steve Schmidt
SJS/GreenPolicy360: "We are the first generation to scientifically and systemically monitor the 'Vital Signs' of the Earth...
Let us work now to expand our vision and act to protect Earth's living systems. The well-being of future generations is in our hands."
SJS/GreenPolicy360 Siterunner: The beginnings of modern environmental and climate science can be traced to the 1960s and 1970s.
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences played a key role in laying a foundation of scientific reports and data.
SJS/Memories of the first Climate Act legislation (Drafted by Rep. George E. Brown) 1978
- Post to Facebook | Aug. 9, 2021
- Beginnings of a new vision, life affirming, 'Earthrise' https://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/File:Above.png
- Earthviews | EarthPOV
- Earth Science Research from Space
Sept. 26, 2021
Planet Citizens, Planet Scientists, Preserving & Protecting the Home Planet Earth
GreenPolicy360: The original Mission Statement of the newly launched U.S. space program spoke of our planet and our responsibilities. GreenPolicy360's founder was fortunate, beginning in the 1960s, to listen to Congressman Brown Congressman George E. Brown point to the NASA plan and explain how he saw Congress put into action the reality of a multi-year, coordinated, multi-agency program to achieve mission goals.
Earth science, measuring and monitoring Earth's life-enabling systems was given highest priority. Landsat's program was set in motion as a decades long, first-ever digital scanning remote satellites data collecting study. An array of satellites began to launch, creating and combining the expanding resources of NASA, USGS, NOAA, and an array of educational and scientific institutions and aeronautics business.
The overall goal, Representative Brown continually explained in his Congressional Science, Space & Technology leadership roles over the decades, was to 'understand, preserve and protect our planet' as we, humanity, developed first-generation Earth Science and looked beyond Planet Earth to study 'the heavens'.
George, as a senior member and as a chair of oversight committees, knew that we needed to speed up the science on environmental protection, climate, 'measuring and monitoring' and NASA-NOAA-JPL and all the research/data/missions became his legacy. The NASA Earth Observing System and open access to the scientific data, across scientific endeavors globally, is my friend George today still here in action....
Here's to George E. Brown Jr who led Earth Science initiatives and environmental law action in the U.S. Congress for three decades. Here's to the many visionaries, thinkers and doers who have carried on preserving and protecting our home planet.
Steve Schmidt & Congressman George Brown
"My friend George" -- a Mentor & a Colleague over Decades of Earth Science Action
- Beyond GDP... GDP+
- Environmental movement
- LA Smog in the 1950s/60s, described as worst in the world, the 'smog' motivated first-ever Calif. clean air initiatives
- (see GreenPolicy360's story of Congressman George Brown's EPA/Clean Air Act work)
- Environmental protection | Planet Citizen Action
- Green Horizon Magazine speaks of Steve Schmidt as a Founder of the US Green Party
Steve Schmidt: "In drafting the founding Green Party platform, I was attempting to put forward a 'politics of values, an expansion of a rights agenda'. The goal was a 'serious, credible, platform-based politics'. The Green Party has expanded internationally to become a worldwide green political force in over 100 countries. We are an 'out in front' politics..."
- Hannah Arendt, Professor at the Graduate Faculty of the NYC New School
- Inspirational during SJS's graduate work at the New School
- Environmental Studies Online
Source of atmospheric oxygen, Phytoplankton
Source of atmospheric oxygen, Photosynthesis of the Forests
- Bioneering Science: A "Jacques Cousteau of the Rainforest Canopy"
- Protect Life on Earth Before It's Too Late
GreenPolicy360: In 1994, your Green Policy siterunner ran for Lieutenant Governor in New Mexico on a "Children's Agenda". After the election, an appointment by the elected Governor, hearings and confirmation vote by the NM Senate, I moved into a constitutional position on the State Board of Education 'overseeing public education, policy and management' of some 50% of the state's budget.
My first act in 1995 as a member of the Board was to propose a "K-16" strategic plan and expand access to the Internet to all schools in NM. One of the tasks I took on was chairing NM Technology initiatives, including representing the state and serving on the start up Working Group for a new multi-state 'virtual university'. Online, distance learning has taken many steps forward since then. Over the years, the 'virtual' Western Governors University has grown to be a powerful force in education. Here is a touch of the wisdom and skills imparted via the WGU:
- Launching a Forward-looking Online University / (1995-96)
GreenPolicy360 and Strategic Demands
GreenPolicy360's origins connect deeply with Strategic Demands. The intersection began in the 1960s, with a new Congressman, George E. Brown from East Los Angeles and a young debater, a high school student who set in motion with the Congressman a multi-year journey to develop climate/environmental science and generational activism and strong, deep opposition to nuclear weapons.
Here is a quick snapshot of where our connections and work have led and links you can follow with our group of founders.... relationships and ideas carried forward from the 1960s and 70s and going strongly today.
We are diverse mix, across the globe now with the Internet, many voices, colors, ages, especially young people joining in. GreenPolicy360 and Strategic Demands.... including Steve Schmidt, George E. Brown, Dan Ellsberg, Jerry Brown, Roger Morris, and Charlene Spretnak.
Welcome along... green, environmental, national and global.... strongly confronting and working to solve our generation's existential challenges. Reaching across our home planet, touching and interacting with planet citizens, looking to share solutions to the pressing problems and challenges of our generation.
Links to voices of StratDem/GreenPolicy360 include --
George E. Brown
Roger Morris, former National Security Council, and Steve Schmidt, GreenPolicy360 founder, write about Strategic Demands for New Definitions of National Security.
"As nations across the planet confront an array of unprecedented existential threats, GreenPolicy360 & Strategic Demands look to the bigger picture, realistic politics, and national defense with new definitions of national & global security. "
Read the Associated Press story:
- More from Strategic Demands and GreenPolicy360:
1992 Presidential Campaign
Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown Brings Forward a Diverse Eco-nomic/Environmental Platform
SJS / Advancing a presidential campaign, your GreenPolicy360 siterunner worked with the Governor to draft the 'we the people' campaign platform, taking new ideas into the U.S. presidential debate to press the Democratic Party into a progressive direction...
- At the Democratic Party Platform Hearings
- Governor Jerry Brown
- "Platform in Progress"