The Michigan Land Use Institute has a three-part essay by Stewart Udall that seeks to frame our current challenge with global warming and energy policy in terms of the sacrifices required during World War II. Udall references the famous quotation by Eisenhower and updates it for today’s world:
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rock fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and the hopes of its children.“
It is now time to redirect that sweat, genius, and hope in a brand-new direction. After a decade of dillydallying, it is clear that the world is waiting for the United States to step forward, as it did so often in the postwar period, and organize a bold agenda of technological cooperation that reverses global warming. A comprehensive action plan is needed that will inspire your generation to develop inventions that provide universal benefits for humanity.
Go and read Letter to my grandchildren by Stewart Udall.