Protect Parks and our Environment
Implementing 100% renewable energy, expanding our tree canopy and open spaces, protecting against heat waves, and mitigating stormwater surges are efforts to fight for. Climate change is real, our actions are creating it, and it’s our responsibility to fix the mess we’ve been making since the Industrial Revolution more than two centuries ago.
There isn’t a single “silver bullet” fix for climate change, but there are some very big ones that are already proven to work and are being relied on in other parts of the world. The challenge is to implement them here quickly enough and to do so in ways that boost our local economy instead of harming it.
The biggest tool in our arsenal is solar power. It’s proving to be one of the most revolutionary technologies for our future and the level of efficiency and manufacturing costs of solar infrastructure is now good enough to service the energy needs of almost every household and many businesses.
We must strive to not only become carbon-negative, not just carbon-neutral.
In many cases we can expand or better promote existing programs, while in some instances we’ll have to innovate new solutions.
Protecting Arlington’s parks and environment isn’t an academic or political photo-op thing for me. It’s how I’ve been living my life for years, leading the Libertarian Party of Northern Virginia to adopt our own park (Herselle Milliken near Virginia Square) where I and others have spent the past 2 years laying mulch and top soil, maintaining walking path, replacing benches, and taking care of the trees and bushes. I also constantly try to consciously shop to minimize plastic and packaging that will end up in landfills, and despite living in a high-rise apartment in Ballston I compost my own kitchen waste on my balcony.
The feature that first attracted me to Arlington when I first moved to the DC area 12 years ago were its parks. Living in Reston at the time, I remember driving through Arlington as I explored and was immediately struck by how green the county was despite also having some amazing dense urban areas. Quicy park, Lubber Run park, Spout Run Drive, Four Mile Run trail, and Gunston Park and the countless smaller neighborhood parks are Arlington’s gems. Sadly, we’ve been sacrificing our emerald fields. That must end, and we must get them back.