Actions

CitNet and its members are engaged in a wide range of activities, campaigns and initiatives to move forward different parts of the sustainability agenda. In the coming months we will use this section to highlight these various actions and efforts.

Campaign for a National Sustainability Strategy

The campaign to get the US government to develop, approve and implement a national sustainable development action strategy goes back to 1993 and the launch of the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD). In the following six years, US citizens were called on for their input and opinion as a series of presidential Task Forces studied the different dimensions of promoting sustainability through the different agencies and throughout the country. Unfortunately, after 1999 the process to create a national strategy for a "Sustainable America," following the  National Town Meeting for a Sustainable America, came to a halt. In 2000, under the new Bush Administration, there was no further talk about the National Strategy for a Sustainable America, especially regarding the implementation of the PCSD recommendations, despite the adoption of national and regional sustainability action plans by the majority of industrialized countries, and despite the deteriorating global environment and widening inequality gap.

In 2008, however, the new Obama Administration was elected to office. Now the question is what the new Administration will do to resume the discussion and work of developing a national sustainability plan for the United States. The Campaign for a National Sustainability Strategy involves a citizen-based quest for answers and actions regarding the government's vision and plans for making America sustainable. In 2009, over 10,000 citizens voted for this idea on change.org's "Ideas for Progress."

Citizens 5-Step Action Plan on Energy and Climate

This project evolved from a collective action at the United Nations, in which US NGOs made the point that the majority of American citizens did NOT agree with the positions on energy and climate change that were being put forth by the US government. Furthermore, this group issued an official statement regarding the Responsibility of US Citizens on Energy and Climate Change, identifying five basic actions which every concerned American should take.

Sustainable Communities Initiative

In 1996, CitNet "regioners" launched the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a collective plan to promote and support efforts in building sustainable communities throughout the United States and abroad. The main components of the Initiative are:

1. Information exchange
2. Mapping the sustainable communities movement
3. Capacity/coalition/constituency building
4. Policy development and advocacy
5. Media strategy

The original 1996 plan, still shaping CitNet member actions and priorities, can be found here.