Welcome to Red, Green, and Blue

  • Published on March 6th, 2008

200px-rgb_illumination.jpgAs the lead writer of this exciting new endeavor, let me be the first to officially welcome you to Red, Green, and Blue, the newest addition to the Green Options family of environmentally-themed blogs. I cannot think of a better time to be launching a niche blog that is focused on environmental politics — let me briefly explain why.

In terms of the political component, and without belaboring the obvious, we are in the midst of a presidential campaign that has gotten people excited about politics again. Record numbers of people (especially young people) have already turned out to vote in their state’s primaries and caucuses. And after Hillary Clinton took Ohio and Texas this week, it looks like the Dems will have to wait a few more months before they can coronate their candidate, while the GOP has already settled on John McCain as their presidential candidate. We are also involved in a war that is raising the hackles of people across the political spectrum. One thing Democrats and Republicans both seem to want is resolution to this drawn-out war/occupation. We are all tired of seeing our troops being taken out by IEDs and suicide bombs, only to be sent home to underfunded VA hospitals, or even worse, to be sent home in a flag-draped coffin. Finally, the economy has slowed its pace of growth, and this too has gotten people more interested in politics. We are certainly living in interesting times, and as a direct result of that, politics are re-emerging into the popular consciousness.

In terms of the environmental component of this blog, the timing is once again impeccable. Nearly everywhere we go and virtually everything we consume is being infused with environmental/ecological hues. Issues of climate change, global warming, deforestation, energy use, natural resource exploitation, etc., have taken center stage. For me, this is not some passing fad, but rather the central unifying component of my life. Sure, buying things that were sustainably produced is better than buying things that weren’t, and recycling is generally a good thing. But, unfortunately we cannot buy our way out of the environmental problems we currently face. We have to be political, too — and this may involve some heated discussions, difficult decisions, tough choices, and maybe even (gasp), individual political actions. But we must not deny the opportunity for the environment to enter into the political arena. Politics are as natural as the trees, oceans, and mountains.

In closing, the name “Red, Green, and Blue” obviously riffs off of the three-colored American flag. In doing so, it signifies the creation of a discursive space for liberals and conservatives alike. The new symbols in American politics are colors, less and less do we hear about Donkeys and Elephants, and increasingly we here pundits speak about the “red states” and the “blue states”, and even “purple states.” But this blog is not intended to be only about American environmental politics. In computer parlance, “Red, Green, and Blue” refers to three color model that is used to create a broad spectrum of colors from just those three. And that is what we are aiming for as a blog. By welcoming and encouraging thoughtful and informed discussions about American and global environmental politics from across the political spectrum, we hope to fill a gap in the blogosphere which is critically underdeveloped. So, on behalf of our talented and experienced team of writers, I welcome you to Red, Green, and Blue, and look forward to having you back.

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About the Author

is the founder of ecopolitology and the executive editor at LiveOAK Media, a media network about the politics of energy and the environment, green business, cleantech, and green living. When not reading, writing, thinking or talking about environmental politics with anyone who will listen, Tim spends his time skiing in Colorado's high country, hiking with his dog, and getting dirty in his vegetable garden.
  • very good to see this 🙂 maybe an interesting topic would be how green issues also have the potential to transcend or transform traditional red/ blue partisan debates.

    looking forward to it –

  • I'm really glad to see someone bridging between the separate conversations about the environment happening in the various political parties and cultures.

    Good luck!

    I'm interested in the green aspects of moving some aspects of conferences and business travel onto the web, so thoughts on that are very welcome, too.

  • Congratulations, Tim – I've been looking for a comprehensive resource on enviro-political stuff. There are a handful of good blogs out there but it's nice to know you're doing this.

    Subscribing to your feed presently…

    – David Wescott

  • That's really a welcome initiative. Most environmental issues are deeply political at core. I'm glad it's not just US politics focused, too. We over this side of the pond are consumed with almost all of the same issues and a lot of the politics has a similar resonance.

    Good luck with it!

  • Peggy Beyer

    Welcome to this new website! I was delighted to see the head ad at the top of the page was for one of my alma maters – the Boston Architectural Center. Press on!

  • Tim– I'm so glad to see this one up and running… these are interesting times in politics in every sense of the word (including the sense of Confucius' curse…).