Of course North Carolinians value the environment…many of us are farmers, and all of us live in one of the most beautiful parts of America.
We want clean air and water. We want to protect our 2 million acres of private land. The current reliance on a market-based framework has resulted in pollution of air, water, and soil; the loss of biodiversity; endangered natural resources; and waste products polluting the soil. I believe in environmental policy integration (EPI), which is the process of integrating environmental objectives into non-environmental areas, such as business development, transportation and energy, agriculture and transportation, rather than leaving them to be pursued solely through purely environmental policy practices. This is challenging because of the need to reconcile diverse objectives.
I know that:
- Improving our environment can also boost our economy.
- Improving our environment can lead to sustained community change.
- Every acre matters.