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The Environment in Politics: The Conversation that Needs to Be Had

Sustainability

At ChefHandler we focus our marketing and products around an ideal of sustainable living.

This means we value a sustainable earth and hope to one day live in an environmentally sound world. And while the efforts of the everyday consumer can help us get closer to that goal, our government in essential in the progress of our world ecosystem. This is entirely relevant in regards to the upcoming presidential election that has been anticipated with a series of debates between the candidates, a majority of which never touched on issues of climate change and the environment at all.

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Though our news reports are often filled with stories that have environmental implications, our political discussions seldom encompass these topics. Did you hear a candidate talk about the lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water? Or about concerns over energy extraction and transportation (related to fracking, mountaintop removal coal mining and unwanted oil and gas pipelines)? While it may be more noticeable now, this stigma against environmental attention isn’t just a presidential election season phenomenon. Con­gress has passed only one piece of environmental legislation in the last nine years, the Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act that provided for much-needed updates to the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA). The last environmental law passed by Congress prior to the TSCA update was the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.



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If we’d like to see the environment return to the stature it deserves, we all need to start a conversation to make it happen. The closest we've gotten to this was through the progressive influences of the former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Unlike the other candidates, Sander's spent much of his efforts on creating awareness of the dwindling condition of our earth:

Since his loss, there has been little talk of environmental reform in our countries future. And until a conversation on how our government can aid our environment and promote sustainability, our ecosystem is doomed to remain in decline.



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