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I couldn't have stated my position much more clearly David. I didn't insinuate that being green is being leftist. I did say the Green New Deal is primarily a socialist document, and secondarily a green plan. And that both components of the plan are equally infeasible. Where am I wrong?
I fully support and promote sustainability, resilience, and good stewardship of Earth's resources. I can't support ridiculous, pie-in-the-sky socialist manifestos. And the AIA shouldn't either.
I'll allow you the last word on this. I will not be responding as I have no time nor inclination to engage in this type of conversation further if all it produces is more personal attacks and ad hominem arguments and not a shred of evidence to support your untenable position. It's pointless.
To Architects who are concerned about our planet,
I hear all this talk back and forth about climate change. It is happening. We are already starting to see the changes in the oceans and the weather systems.
The Green New Deal Framework is a way to get the country going to become more sustainable. If HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, gets legislation moving along in a bipartisan approach, then let us get moving. Other legislation is also needed.
When climate change really hits the planet, we will be dead and gone, but our grand children will not. Greta Thurnberg of Sweden is one of those grand children. She is 15 years old and spoke at the UN Climate Change Conference COP 24 in December 2018. We need to act now and figure out how to greatly reduce our consumption of carbon fuels.
Please read the transcript of her speech.
David Dye, AIA, LEED AP
DFD Architecture, LLC
Spring Lake, Michigan
"My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old. I am from Sweden. I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now. Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it doesn't matter what we do. But I've learned you are never too small to make a difference. And if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to.
But to do that, we have to speak clearly, no matter how uncomfortable that may be. You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like is. Even that burden you leave to us children. But I don't care about being popular. I care about climate justice and the living planet. Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money. Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury. It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few.
The year 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday. If I have children maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you. Maybe they will ask why you didn't do anything while there still was time to act. You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.
Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope. We can't solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself. We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people. Thank you".
Eliminating air travel, cattle expulsions and all fossil fuels is an interesting aspiration. That is not what many of us pay annual dues to support. Many AIA members (including myself) have somewhat different aspirations........................leadership of the Institute should be more careful about what and how they support ideas. If we are only going to support aspirations, then get specific about those aspirations and state them.
Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA, NCARB
WKMC Architects, Inc.
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Corpus Christi, Texas 78404
What is it about President Bates' suggestions that "...align ourselves and our membership with the unrealistic proposals of the far left"?
"We applaud the efforts of Congress and its committees this week to find new ways to support achieving a carbon neutral future by 2030, which is critical to our global future. By investing in infrastructure, upgrading the existing building stock, and improving resilience in the built environment, we can make progress towards AIA's 2030 Commitment goals. However, there's a great deal of work that needs to be done. AIA encourages Congress to swiftly enact public policies today that will address the dire consequences we're facing."
John Messervy AIA
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You have an interesting interpretation of the 2030 Challenge. I believe it refers to buildings...............not elimination of all fossil fuel usage. I found nothing about reducing cattle emissions in our aspirational statement. I also find it interesting that the idea of tolerance of and open-minded, means "my way or the highway", or as you stated, "find another professional organization. It is my belief that mankind has more to fear from those that would demand that they give up their freedoms than from climate change. History seems to validate that view. Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA