Environment

What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.

Mahatma Gandhi

Having a natural, healthy, vibrant and pollution free environment is essential to the health and longevity of all creatures - not least of which includes you and your loved ones.

While the ASP acknowledges that all wealth emanates from the earth, as custodians of the earth we have a duty to use, manage and conserve our natural resources in an intelligent manner, so that our children will thank us for its continued diversity and abundance. To strip and pollute the earth for temporal riches is the height of stupidity and folly.

Environmental philosophy - "Bring it to book"

On environmental issues, the ASP stands head and shoulder above the rest - with our concept of "bringing to book" the cost of consuming natural resources and of polluting our environment. Here we are not referring to only the cost of manufacturing a product (such as the cost of manufacturing a plastic bottle), but to an accounting value that will quantify the full impact that such a product has on the environment. It is high time that the real environmental cost of business activities be measured and reported on the balance sheets of corporations.

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

ASP Environmental Policy

The ASP will implement the following as part of its Environmental Policy:

  • Draft (with public participation) the long term environmental objectives of the nation.
  • Draft accounting standards that will require corporations to account for the real environmental cost of business activities, and to report these figures in their Annual Financial Statements.
  • Implement the ASP Debit Tax - which will tax individual consumption (and not income).
  • Draft comprehensive regulations for industries that emit harmful chemicals and particulates.
  • Draft tough penalties that will apply to both corporations and individuals for causing environmental harm.
  • Allow regulators to pierce the corporate veil and pursue company directors who are responsible for causing environmental harm.
  • Ensure that all power plants minimize or eliminate harmful emissions.
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  • Institute programs to fight soil salinity and desertification.
  • Impose an immediate moratorium on the use of GMOs, and then thoroughly test all GMOs for long term safety.
  • Expand and modernize high speed public transport to reduce vehicle congestion.
  • Promote communities to be self-sufficient in terms of power, water collection and sewerage treatment.
  • Promote the use of community gardens to grow fruit and vegetables without the use of pesticides.
  • Promote permaculture at the farm, community and individual dwelling level.
  • Where plastics products are used, encourage bio-degradeable alternatives.
  • Encourage the cultivation and use of industrial hemp - in over 50,000 different ways.

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?

Robert Redford

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