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Steven J. Schmidt (SJS)

GreenPolicy360 Founder / Siterunner

Siterunner @ GreenPolicy360

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Email: [email protected]

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A film of student organizers of the Vietnam Moratorium Committee, by Robert Carroll, October 1969

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Steven Schmidt / a Vietnam Moratorium Committee peace movement organizer



In 2023, a PBS special documentary reveals that the Vietnam Moratorium peace movement acted to prevent nuclear weapons use in 1969

Public Broadcasting System

The PBS "American Experience" 2023 Documentary, "The Movement and the Madman"

Released as a 'special event', this film reveals how President Richard Nixon and adviser Henry Kissinger were stopped from ordering the use of nuclear weapons. The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam and peace movement are shown to have had a crucial role in preventing nuclear use.

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Strategic Demands & GreenPolicy360
Back to the Roots, the 1960s and 70s

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A Whole Earth Point of View --

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Steven Schmidt, GreenPolicy360 Siterunner....
DYK? Yes, we know, we remember the beginnings !
'Earthrise' and 'Earth Day'

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A new vision, life affirming, 'Earthrise'

Beginnings of the Modern Environmental Movement





On the 50th Anniversary

Memories on the Road to the First Earth Day

By Steve Schmidt





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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."


Planet Citizens, Planet Scientists

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Our Biggest Experiment

SJS/GreenPolicy360 Siterunner:

The beginnings of modern environmental protection legislation, earth 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.


Memories of the first National Climate Act legislation (Drafted by Rep. George E. Brown) -- 1978

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Climate Problems, Climate Solutions

About GreenPolicy360 | "Greening Our Blue Planet"

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"We are all in this together"

New Definitions of National Security @GreenPolicy360 & Strategic Demands

Look at how thin our atmosphere is

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Earthviews | EarthPOV

Earth Science Research from Space

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Sept. 26, 2021


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Planet Citizens, Planet Scientists, Preserving & Protecting the Home Planet Earth


Generation Green

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I began to realize the future to come when our East LA Representative to Congress, George E. Brown, spoke of the original Mission Statement of NASA.

As today we again look at the first-ever Apollo 'Earthrise' views of our planet, words of the mission echo...

“To understand and protect our home planet..."

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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.

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"My friend George" -- a Mentor & a Colleague over Decades of Earth Science Action

Planet Citizens

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PlanetCitizen / Planet Citizens

It's All Related


Green Best Practices

Going Green

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Environmental movement

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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)

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California out in front in a Green future

Environmental protection | Planet Citizen Action

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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..."

SJS/GreenPolicy360 Siterunner: In the early 1970s, I set my sights on studying at the famed Graduate Faculty of the New School in New York. The professors competed with those of Harvard, Yale, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and NYU. Most important to me as I had taught rhetoric, the 'Art of Argumentation', was Hannah Arendt was teaching at the New School. I signed up for the 'History of Ideas' program. Hannah's books, essays, and lectures became top of mind for me then, and as a guide in the years from then until now.

So, when readers of GreenPolicy360 read words from Hannah that I quote I would ask your indulgence and understanding. I believe her experiences from World War II, the depth of her work, her explorations of the mind, and will, and origins of totalitarianism, are here with us again.

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We need to recall Arendt's warnings and wisdom now, today. In her 1950s book, The Human Condition, Hannah speaks of Vita Contemplativa and Vita Activa, of creating new beginnings to face challenges that come with life.... Think, contemplate, then act to make a difference, a positive difference in your life.

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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

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Source of atmospheric oxygen, Phytoplankton


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Source of atmospheric oxygen, Photosynthesis of the Forests

Rainforest Canopy Don Perry

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Bioneering Science: A "Jacques Cousteau of the Rainforest Canopy"


"Nature's sending a message"
Protect Life on Earth Before It's Too Late

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Time to act to make a difference

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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:

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Launching a Forward-looking Online University / (1995-96)

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BigPicture Media

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Senator Paul Wellstone: A Light in a Political Maelstrom

Remembering the "Magic Green Bus" | Going Green



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All the young activists rising up give me hope as I leave my life. As the movement against the Vietnam War showed,

young people can save lives when they make their care known in action. Keep going. The world is in your hands.

-- :Daniel Ellsberg speaks of nuclear war planning, Vietnam War history


Daniel Ellsberg: End of Life Thoughts


In earlier days, when GreenPolicy360's founder was young...

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Steve Schmidt & Congressman George Brown

As the Cold War Ends

A "Peace Dividend" and a New Strategic Vision Are Within View

Congressman Brown singled out nuclear weapons as the Cold War came to an end. Alternatives were envisioned, opportunities for nuclear weapons reductions, safeguards, re-thinking the theory of "mutually assured destruction" (MAD) policies that dominated from the 1950s through the end of the Soviet Union. Your GreenPolicy360 editor, at that time, was often in communication with the Congressman on this issue, as I also worked alongside Governor Jerry Brown in formulating the presidential campaign platform of our campaign in 1992.

Nuclear issues were top of mind, as were nuclear reduction efforts, non-proliferation and treaties to reduce nuclear stockpiles and build monitoring conventions. George assisted many public interest groups in nuclear oversight work, such as the Los Alamos Study Group. The Congressman's quest to promote peace and comprehensive security, a focus of his 'big picture' thinking, was prominent during the 1990s.

George Brown / Speaks On Nuclear Weapons

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Inscription from Dan to Steve
The Moratorium peace movement is needed again

Watch a sequence from the PBS 2023 documentary, The Movement and the Madman

The Movement and the 'Madman'


The documentary film tells the little-known story of a dramatic showdown between a protest movement and a president

The Vietnam Moratorium mobilization of October-November 1969 revealed to have stopped Nixon from using nuclear weapons

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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 --

Steve Schmidt

George E. Brown

Roger Morris

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Roger Morris

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A New Vision for a New World by Roger Morris and Steven Schmidt

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:

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More from Strategic Demands and GreenPolicy360:

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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
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Steve and Jerry

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From the Platform in Progress:
Sustainable Economics
Sustainable Economics 2
Sustainable Economics 3
Sustainable Economics 4

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"Platform in Progress"