From the: Ecology Democracy Network July 2014 Report
Dear Supporters and Trackers of the Ecology Democracy Network,
I hope this finds you well.
I’m still slowly getting through my health problems which have given me much time to think about if the Network is relevant and if so what direction it should take.
Recently, I went door to door collecting petition signatures to get Andy Schuler on the ballot for Minnesota House District 44A in Plymouth. Andy was running on the Ecology Democracy Party ticket and his driving issue was proportional representation.
44A Plymouth is generally 55% Republican/Conservative turf, 35% Democrats and 10% independent types. I found some interesting responses. Many of the people who were ready to say no to signing the petition changed their minds when I said: “Andy wants to make sure you and me; flesh and blood people have more rights than corporations”.
Also, a handful of people who attempted to stereotype me stated that they wanted less government and taxes. I clarified for them that: “The outcome of an ecology-based economy will end massive over-production in electricity, food and sprawl and lead to localization, walk-able cities, durability and restoration of our habitat. An ecology-based economy IS the true economic conservative position, and this will physically, not rhetorically, lead to less government and less taxes and over-all lowering of the cost of living.” This seemed to be a new idea to almost everyone I talked to. About a handful of people were drawn in and signed based upon this point of view.
So, yes the Network is relevant because the people I talked to in Plymouth are still generally ignorant of what the problem is and the way to remedy it. (But there are enough people who are open to the ideas to garner a smidgen of hope.)
Yes, the Network is relevant because in the United States and other places in the world that shape and practice the economic and political systems we were born into are accelerating the decimation of the only planet in the universe we can live. A measured response is paramount.
I feel strongly the ecology-based economy and the political fixes the Network brings in debate and policy are a commensurate and healing response to this sick and dangerous relationship we have with the nonhuman world.
Many people say that the nonhuman world will restore itself over time, this may be true, but our tolerance of this premeditated act of ecocide and unethical behavior beyond definition makes this rationalization unacceptable and criminal.
And even though the Network is small, broke and has little political power we have strong restorative and enduring mandates, along with a strategy that raises expectations with a goal of leveraging power that literally achieves these mandates.
This is our time on Earth. What will we do?
Talk to you soon,
Welcome to the Ecology Democracy Network website. My name is Ken Pentel.
For the last 28 years I have mostly volunteered and worked in Minnesota for Greenpeace and the Green Party as an all-purpose organizer. I was also a three-time Green Party of Minnesota endorsed candidate for Governor in 1998, 2002 and 2006. In 2010 I was the endorsed candidate for Governor for the Ecology Democracy Party (kenpentel.org). I love Minnesota, the surrounding bio-region and biosphere, and it sickens me how our culture has rationalized the destruction of our beautiful home.
One of my frustrations with organizing over the last 26 years has been the lack of discipline among the movements and organizations I have worked with. Even though we have had some crumbs of success, the goals for ecological healing, which includes all creatures of the Earth (humans included), have fallen tragically short. We need to develop a strategy that will demand greater commitments and higher expectations in our organizing formula if we want to achieve the necessary structural change.
As long as we tolerate the growth economic model on a finite resource base, accept the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as an economic indicator, and allow short-term thinking by way of quarterly balance sheets and yearly returns to measure success, we will fail. As long as we accept single member, winner-take-all election systems, we will fail. As long as we accept big money running/ruining our planet, we will fail. And even though many people know this they are content to tinker with the existing rotting economic and political systems.
It is time to try a new path – a path that is more defined and disciplined.
This new organizing experiment will develop the Ecology Democracy Network. The Network is a shift from a human-centered to an ecological-centered view of the world. I believe that our health, strength, and endurance is dependent on the health, strength, and endurance of the non-human world.
Through an ecology-based economy and a more honest form of governance the Network is attempting to find the people in Minnesota who are seeking to liberate themselves, the culture, and our species from the dysfunctional patterns that have allowed all genetic history to be put at risk.
There are two developing pathways for transformation through the Network: (1) Education, and (2) A party-starter kit.
If you like what you read and the goals are relevant to you, then please help me in educating the people and redirecting the politics of Minnesota, so our healing energy literally leaves a healthier place for all.
As we develop the organizing formula for the Network it will require patience and persistence to see how this experiment works. Please call or email me with any questions you may have. I hope you can be part of this exciting new endeavor!
Sole proprietor of the Ecology Democracy Network,