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I wrote a paper on this...

Environment Personal Action Plan

By WebDude ;-)

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May 1, 2006


    “A secure and sustainable global environment is an intrinsic part of universal human rights and is indispensable to a secure society. The security of that right and of all nations depends on environmentally sustainable economic, cultural, and political structures and policies.” (Sierra Club, 1981).

    After almost ten years of debate in the legislature, lawmakers are close to passing a bill that would allow Minnesotans to vote whether they want a portion of the state sales tax to directly fund hunting and fishing conservation projects in Minnesota. But voters won't get a chance to voice their opinion unless the House and Senate resolve an integral disagreement. The House has already voted to take the money out of the state's existing 6.5 percent sales tax, while the Senate would ask voters whether to increase the sales tax.

    Conservationists and environmentalists have been arguing for years that the state's wildlife habitats and waters have always gotten a raw deal when it comes to funding. They urge that we need a dedicated source of revenue because legislators have placed a higher priority on spending for education, health care and transportation. Some years there is money left over to fund environmental concerns, other years there is not. If this legislation is passed and signed into law, it would guarantee money be put aside each year for these projects. The effort got its start last year as a push to address environmental concerns in Minnesota. The highlight was a 2005 rally that attracted about 5,000 supporters to the Capitol steps. (Harter, 2006). I believe that all Minnesotan, if given a chance to vote on this legislation, should vote yes.


    It seems that passage of this bill and other actions by the government are necessary. One of the reasons legislative laws are needed to protect and sustain the environment is that parts of the general population are either apathetic or feel that what they contribute is too small or not enough. There is a relationship between the environment and the people who live in it. If people would take actions, no matter how small, these actions would improve and contribute to a sustainable global environment. It is a sad state of affairs that the population relies on bureaucracy rather then looking at themselves to help. It seems that greater import is placed on the government’s relationship to the environment rather then the individual’s relationship. If environmental concerns could be attacked by both, a sustainable global environment could become a possibility. As populations grow and more land is developed, the need for laws will be great, but the need for individual action will be greater.

Issue of Personal Interest

    The passage of this law is of personal interest to me because I am an avid outdoorsman. I spend much of my leisure time fishing and have seen changes in the land and waters around me. Parts of the ecosystem can be fragile and the depletion of certain species due to pollution, introduction of foreign plants and animals, urbanization and the lack of habitable wetlands can wreak havoc in this fragile balancing act. A clean and abundant environment for future generations is something that I believe we should all strive for. If the general population of Minnesota will do nothing to help the environment, then passage of this bill and other measures need to be taken.

Specific Actions and Personal Actions

    There are specific actions that need to be addressed in order to effectively manage and preserve Minnesota wetlands, and passage of this bill would be one of them. Having funds available on a yearly basis, as opposed to funding when available, would go a long way in helping the environment. The fact that the bill has passed the House using the existing sales tax is a great stride towards this end. Since the Senate is calling for a vote to increase taxes on Minnesotans in order to pass this bill, it might put this type of legislation in jeopardy. I think all Minnesotans should vote yes, whether taxes are increased or not. The heritage and the very fiber of Minnesotans and the land of ten thousand lakes is at risk. Hopefully, in the future, there will be more of this type of legislation to preserve what has made Minnesota the great state that it is.

    There are other things that can be done to improve the environment. I believe we must all become involved, especially on a local level. I have personally contacted my representatives in support of this bill. I have also encouraged all the people I know to vote yes concerning this bill. You and I pay, through taxes, for benefits and services and taking care of our environment should be one of them. If people do not get involved, then nothing will change.

    The purpose of environmental policy is to promote the common good. Since our welfare is tied to things derived from the natural world, it would only make sense to take care of that world. We have seen in the past that society has the potential for doing great damage to the environment. That damage has a direct impact on our welfare. Laws to protect the environment are essential not only for us in the present, but also for future generations to come.


Sierra Club. (1981). Sierra Club Conservation Policies: Environmental Security. Retrieved April 25, 2006 from

Harter, K. (2006). Wetland lovers flock to Capitol, call for habitat-protection taxes. Pioneer Press. Retrieved April 25, 2006 from

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Excellent 'Dude!

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yeah... your edumacation is showing ;-)


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great read Webdude.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 11:15 AM 06/02/06 (CST)
I just spoke to Brent Spledrich a CO ,for 30 minutes and aired several issues.
He was a good listener and had some good things to say.
We both agreed that when you have 2 officers in a boat that one is in training and that the ticket is forth comming. He also agreed that they need to learn people skills.As another CO put it we are educating the public.
He also encouraged me to get involved with the dedicated funding.
It was nice to go to the source and vent my fustrations with his department.
I'm still waiting on my state rep.& senator's reply.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 11:49 AM 06/05/06 (CST)
well I can see how important I am. Neither my rep nor senator decided to respond to my emails.They really know how to win votes.
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:20 PM 06/21/06 (CST)
Hopes for dedicated funding for environment are not extinct
Monday, June 19, 2006

Pioneer Press by Chris Niskanen

When politics and conservation have a head-on collision, conservation usually will lose, especially in an election year.

It doesn't always have to happen that way, and someday, a proposal to dedicate a portion of the state's sales tax probably will pass the Legislature on the worthy merits of improving our state's natural resources. Eventually, something will be done to clean our waters and protect our remaining wetlands.

But Minnesota conservationists are still smarting after Senate leaders refused to offer a compromise to a House proposal to a ballot measure asking voters to dedicate a portion of the state's sales tax for natural resources.

Talks collapsed June 8 after Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson, DFL-Willmar, refused to offer a counterproprosal to the House's offer to increase the sales tax for natural resources, a significant offer from Republicans who, until then, had refused to budge on the issue.

Johnson offered several explanations for balking. He said the Senate didn't have the stomach for a special session, and the House's version wouldn't have raised enough money for clean water and natural resources. He also blamed the House for not including parks, trails and arts and culture in its proposal.

But in recent interviews, Johnson has revealed he also worried about additional "mischief" that would have come from a special session, alluding to the possibility gay marriage and other untenable issues for Democrats would have been raised during the special session.

So, politics trumped conservation — again.

Conservation leaders have scheduled a July 7 meeting among themselves not only to vent their frustration but also to discuss the future of dedicated funding and their future strategy.

"We will be back. This issue will not go away,'' said Lance Ness of the Fish and Wildlife Legislative Alliance, who helped spearhead the effort in the Legislature.

Rather than buckling, the conservation community is — and should be — ready for the next effort to get dedicated funding passed.

There's talk about asking Gov. Tim Pawlenty to appoint a special commission to study the entire concept of dedicated funding for natural resources. It's a good idea. Lawmakers and conservation leaders and business leaders should be appointed to this task force to examine what's needed financially to patch the holes in our environmental funding.

Such discussions should reveal the truth about parks, trails and arts funding — that their needs are not as great as the needs of our disappearing wetlands, grasslands and forests. Honestly, nobody is discussing paving over Minnesota Public Radio or plowing up our state parks and turning them into cornfields for ethanol plants or turning Como Zoo into a housing development.

A dedicated-funding task force should address the narrow concerns of our disappearing natural resources and come up with a funding formula that would pass muster with the Legislature.

The arts, parks and trails funding needs to be dropped from dedicated funding, and the real needs of our environment addressed.

Moreover, many lawmakers who support dedicated funding, who to this point have sat on the sidelines of the debate, need to step forward and help carry the ball. Conservation leaders are aiming to increase their number of supporters in the Legislature and, privately, some lawmakers are ready to help dedicated funding where other lawmakers have failed.

And what about a campaign to "throw the bums out"? Yes, hunters, anglers and anyone with a conservation bent should look their candidates squarely in the eye this fall and ask, "Do you support dedicated funding?"

That said, any campaign by conservation groups to lobby against individual candidates would be unwise. We need more friends, not more enemies. After the election, conservationists should consider gathering a bipartisan group of lawmakers who support dedicated funding.

The conservation community has learned the bitter lesson of politics — promises are made to be broken. Two consecutive Ducks, Wetlands and Clean Water rallies have taught conservationists to eye political speeches with wariness and suspicion. But those same rallies have brought together hunters, anglers and conservation folks from all corners of the state to listen and discuss their desires for wildlife habitat, clean water and wetlands.

This new conservation movement is still young in Minnesota, but it's being tested. It won't go away, nor do its leaders plan to give up.

"I think the coalition is still strong, and we're talking about making it even stronger," Ness said.
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