At this very moment, wildfires rage across Southern California. Florida, Puerto Rico, and Texas are picking up the pieces from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. These are only the latest instances of an increasingly volatile and destructive climate. But there is hope. Even as the United States withdraws from the Paris Agreement “for Sustainable Development,” cities, states, and private companies are rushing to fill the void. Sustainability is becoming a win-win-win: environmentally, socially, and even financially. The question is, are we too late?
In this episode, Christine Harada gives us an optimism that sustainability can prevail — and tangible proof that we can make it happen right in our own backyard.
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Bureaucracy is so boring. The word is just dripping with lethargy. Who cares? Not you, right? Well then, you’re in for an unwelcome surprise because the people who run our government from day to day aren’t the ones you voted for. They’re the bureaucracy, and the very survival of our democracy depends on them. They execute the laws of this nation, and lately they’ve been doing it without supportive leadership, without the trust of the public, without a voice.
In this episode, William Resh is their voice, and we would be wise to listen.
Prof. Resh is an assistant professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. His recent book, Rethinking the Administrative Presidency: Trust, Intellectual Capital, and Appointee-Careerist Relations in the George W. Bush Administration, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2015.
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