Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on September 08, 2022 in the Duluth News-Tribune.
“Sustainability is the path to the future we want for everyone. It provides a framework for generating economic growth, achieving social justice, exercising environmental stewardship and strengthening governance.
— Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations
From 1917 to 1918, to defeat the barbarian Central Powers, the US government sold Liberty Bonds. Sales supported the Allied cause during World War I. Over $17 billion has been raised through sales.
Then, from 1941 to 1945, to defeat the even more barbaric Axis powers, our federal government issued Series E United States Savings Bonds, known as War Bonds. An estimated $185.7 billion worth of war bonds were sold.
In the 21st century, American citizens – along with municipal, state and federal governments – are fighting a climate crisis, a different kind of warfare to protect human lives, critical infrastructure and the natural environment. Even the US Department of Defense is making climate change a national security priority.
Every week in the news, it seems, we see and read about a man-made climate crisis unfolding. Therefore, we have to deal with this climate crisis now.
Imagine American citizens buying hundreds of billions of dollars of climate bonds for sustainable development and to build a sustainable economy, based on well-paying clean energy jobs, while reducing our gas production to harmful greenhouse effect. Additionally, we need to rebuild our infrastructure to protect our economy and human lives from increasingly destructive and deadly weather conditions.
Please tell your representatives in Congress to create federal climate bonds to prevent ongoing human illness and death and environmental destruction from becoming even worse than they are now.