Should Green Blogs Discuss Politics?


It seems obvious that politics play a role in society’s response to big environmental issues. America’s response to Global Warming, for example, has been dictated by its political leaders to a great extent. Laws and regulations regarding pollution, auto emissions, treaties, carbon taxes — these are all things that are put in place by governments.

But yet, few blogs that are discuss environmental issues discuss politics. Why is that?

Many political blogs discuss environmental issues, but for some reason environmental blogs don’t usually discuss political issues.

I’ve seen some blog posts encouraging people to vote as one of their responses to environmental issues, but I’ve not seen much in terms of telling people how to vote – or who to vote for.

So I’d like to ask our readers — should we discuss political issues here at 21st Century Citizen?

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And while we’re asking, please let us know wht your personal political leanings are (if you’re comfortable telling us). It helps us to know roughly how many people we’ll offend — because no matter what we discuss, we’ll get some people upset.

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Of course, please expand on your answers and share your thoughts in the comments.

10 thoughts on “Should Green Blogs Discuss Politics?

  1. Really, there is only one possible answer to this question, and that is YES. Let me explain my reasoning. Politics is about governing ourselves, setting up the laws and regulations that we live by. How we take care of our overall environment (or not) is determined by our laws and regulations. So the two are completely intwined.

    If you are ready to read a fantastic, though long, book, I highly recommend Jarred Diamond’s Collapse: How civilizations choose to succeed or fail. It contains some terrific case studies of societies, both ancient and modern, and how it relates to taking care of the environments in which they find themselves. Towards the end he explains how the civilizations which are in the most trouble in terms of war and genocide are the same ones where the environment is a disaster. It’s not coincidence.

    We have a thriving society because we have a thriving environment. In order to sustain our thriving society, we have to sustain a thriving environment, and how we go about governing ourselves to do it is integral. So politics is integral to a healthy environment.

  2. Political policy impacts the environment, so yes, environmental blogs should frequently talk about politics.

    I didn’t vote in the second poll, because I am a vegan Marxist-Humanist, and I didn’t see any option that applied to me. The political spectrum doesn’t stop with the four popular parties. I do *not* identify as a liberal or Democrat. I am a leftist.

  3. I feel like the question was a “DUH” moment… Of course we should be discussing politics. In today’s day and age I think that it is our obligation.

  4. Environmentalist need to be political. Politics is all about resources, and the environment is one of our most important resources that we need to safeguard.
    Do you think Al Gore could separate the two?

  5. I would say that, to the extent the politics intersects environmentalism (which it frequently does), those topics should be discussed.

    If you are serious about environmentalism, then please be serious on it and discuss issues and how to help, etc, etc. Too many blogs descend into partisanship and low-brow insults (i.e. ‘BUSH ARE TEH SUX0RS! lol!!!111oneone’).

    If you want to promote and elevate the tenants of environmentalism (or anything, for that matter), keep the conversation focused, relevant, and informative. Everything else is just noise.

  6. Agreed with above.. Focus is important. Political rants tend to divide, …As long as there is an effort to ‘stay on target’, then fine… If a blog becomes overly “support this or that candidate” blog… I can find that other places…

    Information is helpful, comparison of the facts is useful…

    Awareness of initiatives to support or not support should not be a taboo topic, but the way it is presented can make or break it’s effectiveness. If a wider audience is preferred, for the sake of sharing good information then “speaking to middle” has it’s benefits.

    Each one of us has trigger words that create emotional “deaf spots”… If one posts about Pro this or Anti that, it’s not uncommon for folks to tune out to every thing else a person (or BLOG) may have to say…

    …and insults an name calling posts are a complete waste of ………………….resources … ;o)

  7. I think that both topics, politics, and the environment, are so broad, that for a blog, such as this one, to be successful, there has to be a focus within the broad theme. So yes, getting overly political would be detrimental, and shouting matches are non-productive. It does make sense to talk politics in regards to its effect on the environment here, and not let it escape that boundary.

  8. It’s important to fully understand the positions on a particular issue, and the ramifications to different solutions. For example, what are the practical implications of the schism between developing economies, such as China, and more mature economies in the west with respect to greening issues? Where are greening efforts most likely to have the best effect while as aligned as possible with political realities?

    Your survey is a bit troublesome, because it goes to the heart of the problem of most shallow discussions based purely on large-scale demographics. The fact that I’m a liberal doesn’t really help anyone figure out the “best” greening solutions that fit in the realities of the political context.

    Better questions might be something like “Do you believe that effective greening solutions can be developed and implemented that meet the needs of the vast majority of the political and economic constituents?” If the majority answer is no, then talking about politics within this audience is useless.

  9. If you are discussing anything that affects more than one person, that is going to require the resources and efforts of more than one person, and those involved have more than one opinion about the best choice of action, then you are already discussing politics.

    The reason “politics” has come to have such bad connotations is that most of us the The Land That Made Dysfunctional Famous aren’t really good at discussing conflicts in a mature and productive manner.

    If you can set a good example of political discussion and political action without demonizing opponents in order to energize your base, then you will be improving the social environment at the same time as you improve the physical environment. :)

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