The Common Agenda
Six Generational Goals
GOAL 1: Safe and healthy people
One generation from now, all people in the United States have access to adequate and nutritious food, affordable housing, and the environmental conditions for optimal health and well-being. All people have full access to a high quality prevention-oriented health system that reduces rates of disease and minimizes costs.
GOAL 2: Vibrant Communities
One generation from now, communities across the nation are characterized by people working together to ensure social connection, a spirit of caring for one another, a healthy ecosystem, and economic vitality. Past environmental and health harms resulting from short-sighted business and government practices and social inequality are remedied.
GOAL 3: Green Jobs in a Green Economy
One generation from now, the engines of a robust economy are businesses and technologies that provide safe, well-paying jobs and enhance environmental quality and public health. With an economy that now accounts for the costs of public health and environmental harms, new technologies have designed-out hazards that once were viewed as acceptable risks of modern life. Resulting jobs meet the market demands of a green economy by providing a skilled labor force to retrofit America’s cities with new energy efficient technologies, construct new mass transit infrastructure, grow our nation’s food with sustainable practices, and enhance green-space for the well-being of people and nature.
GOAL 4: PROTECTION AND RESTORATION OF ECOYSYSTEMS
One generation from now, native species and ecosystem processes are conserved, restored and sustained. The United States is well on its way to a 2050 target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels.
GOAL 5: shARED rESPONSIBILITY FOR eNVIRONMENTAL jUSTICE
One generation from now, there is a spirit of shared responsibility for respecting, protecting, and fulfilling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: no person is kept from living a healthy, active and meaningful life by poor environmental and social conditions beyond his or her control, and groups of people are not at higher risk of environmental threats to health by virtue of their race, gender, or economic status. There is an understanding that human health is interdependent with the health of the environment and that part of our shared responsibility is to ensure that ecosystems are healthy and intact, allowing all life on the planet to thrive.
GOAL 6: a wORLD AT PEACE
In one generation, our nation leads the world toward ending the unsustainable toll on human health and the environment of perpetual violence and war. Industrial, institutional, and human capacity for providing war materials is retooled to serve current and emerging environmental and public health priorities.