The Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has three main components.
1. Money is not speech. Corporations are not people. Require public funding of all national and state elections (prohibiting monies from any other source).
2. Corporations with incomes over $50 million per year have to get a new corporate charter every 5 years, which would only be granted to those that could prove a satisfactory history of environmental and social responsibility to a jury of ordinary citizens.
3. Environmental sustainability, peace and nonviolence skills, empathy and compassion, and civic engagement education required at all grade levels.
The global environmental crisis can only be solved if we replace materialism and selfishness with a new global ethos of caring for each other and for the earth, challenging those who put private profit above the common good of all humanity. America was founded on the belief that there needed to be constraints on the power of the powerful and that idea guided the shaping of our Constitution. Now we are taking the same step in regard to the concentration of economic and political power in the hands of the few. The ESRA will do that by returning power to ordinary citizens. The ESRA is an educational tool that, if enacted, would be a huge step toward ecological and environmental sensitivity and sustainability and restoration of our democracy.
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