After I wrote my piece on President Trump's first week, I received this rebuttal. We welcome all opinions here at Southeast Green. Sometimes, we even post "fake" news from questionable think tanks. Why? Because we believe everyone has a right to have a voice and that it is important for our readers to have the opportunity see all points of view. So when I got this rebuttal, I asked for permission to repost. Russ graciously allowed us to. Please note after receiving this note, we changed this part of our mission statement referenced by Russ. It no longer reflected what Southeast has become. We are bigger than a business dialog now. Our priority is for all stakeholders in the community to be a part of the dialog. Here is what Russ wrote.

 

Beth,

Hello from home.  I wanted to say thanks for the thoughtful article although as a dyed in the wool Sustainability Guy and Passionate Lover of our God given Environment, I do disagree with much of what you wrote below in your "5-things to Counteract Trump" article.  You said, if you were being honest and transparent, to "let me know what you think."   Well, I read your points and would hope that you read my points below.

First, as your organization's mission states, I believe we need to have a dialog.

At Southeast Green, our priority is to create a dynamic business dialog and communicate how businesses, non-profits and governments in the Southeast are growing, changing and influencing sustainability. The mission of Southeastgreen.com is to promote a sustainable economy.

Secondly, as you state, I agree words matter.

Third, I agree with you, we should reduce our plastic use...and meat use and paper use and gas use and quite frankly we should reduce just about everything....except Kindness and Patience and Love and Gentleness and Self Control...much of what I hope you'd agree with me we have not seen since last Saturday we've seen GREATLY reduced....and I HOPE that concerns you to a point of CHANGE.

Fourth, I do agree with you about Energy Efficiency.  We should be good stewards of this Earth.  It is not ours.  It has been given to us by Someone else and we are to hand it down to another generation...long after our time spinning around the Sun on 'this ride' we call Life is over.

Fifth, I agree we should stop using the phrase Climate Change just like Global Warming stopped being used when it was not convenient.  Now, I must admit it is nice to know that there are those changing the vocabulary to Social and Economic Justice and it will allow an opportunity to properly address those terms later.  But I agree, just like Global Warming is a tired term, so is Climate Change.

You see, we agree on a lot.  And I'm sure there are many other things we agree on.

But I don't agree that SE Green should be a political effort but rather an environmental and sustainable effort (just like the mission states).

You write: "Many saw the reinstatement of the pipelines this week not only a blow to the environment but also to justice issues. I can’t remember another president who managed to disenfranchise so many people so quickly."  Well, can I point you to just 8 days ago when there was another President in office (the one you clearly supported and liked and promoted) who managed to disenfranchise so many people so quickly.  I won't get into why the past President was so divisive because that would take this email into the world of politics like you did with your email.  And that does not really help us here.

So can I encourage you to write articles not bashing your new President but rather sticking to the mission at hand....

At Southeast Green, our priority is to create a dynamic business dialog and communicate how businesses, non-profits and governments in the Southeast are growing, changing and influencing sustainability. The mission of Southeastgreen.com is to promote a sustainable economy.

And by its VERY nature, a dialog will mean there are differing opinions.  If you are offended by the alternative opinion and want to shame it or muffle it or somehow discount it with terms like "denier" then please know that I would be able to make a very compelling case that you don't even believe the mission of the group for which you work for.  And it might be time to move from the environment arena to the political arena.

Else, and I hope this is true, let us find things we agree upon (which can be many) and move more quickly forward. 

As your Mom told you "you get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar."

Kind Regards,

Russ  DeLozier from home.