Times of great consequence require great sages, lucid visionaries grounded in the green, sweat and wonder of the Real World. Such times also demand great debates on our future course as a species and a sovereign people. Here at the turn of the Millennium with the US at the crest of its potency, we Americans enjoy an unprecedented interlude to assess our past, our gains, our postponed dreams and purposes. To kindle this conversation we called upon the finest, most original minds of our age. Their overlapping perspectives dramatize our corporate bane and/or prefigure a human future far more exciting, just and erotic than anything Big Body politics would ever like us to imagine.
One would be to develop an international code on use of and protection of water - any ocean, lake, river, stream, and the rain. If we set these standards then no nuclear facility would be able to use water the way they use it now... Another would be the establishment of a commission for the use of and protection of the Earth's soil... the soils that grow our food. The third one would be for the establishment of a commission for the use and protection of the air.
So those three could set the stage to develop real strict, rigid, enforcable standards for the air, for the water, for the soil. And we'd have to take those ideas to every village in this world, in every country and ask people to demand that each government enact those kinds of safeguards for the environment. Then nothing could get by and nuclear facilities would of course also have to shut down."