Where do our 2017 mayoral candidates stand on important sustainability issues shaping the future of Charlotte? Get informed at this unique mayoral forum co-hosted by Sustain Charlotte and UNC Charlotte's Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS)!
In lieu of our traditional Monthly Mixer on Wednesday, August 9th, join us for an evening of questions and answers with Charlotte's 2017 mayoral candidates!
You'll hear about our candidates' opinions and plans for the future of Charlotte, prompted by questions covering the following sustainability topics:
Growth Management / Land Use
Housing Affordability and Neighborhood / School Diversity
Don't miss this opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of important sustainability issues in Charlotte and hear where our candidates stand!
6:00 - 6:30: Check-in
6:30 - 8:00: Mayoral Forum
Seating is limited.
Event is free and open to the public.
- August 09, 2017 at 6:00pm – 8pm
UNC Charlotte - Center City Building
320 E 9th St
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Good Morning: Comments from Gary Dunn Republican Candidate for Mayor of Charlotte for those that read;
and I only say that because I am not the best looking candidate, the youngest, smartest, or wealthiest, and because of that I have to work hard at measuring each word, and thought, so that it is correct and verifiable.
I am often confronted by your question of Sustainability and how broad a scope you think we should think about.
I once had a professor that explained how insignificant we are relative to the size of the Earth, and how little our best efforts are in making changes. My other teacher asked me to predict the world in the future in increments of 10 seconds forward. Both interesting experiments in futility. Let’s draw two futures: In one you get everybody’s attention participation and we all start in 10 seconds, conserving energy, recycling, using our resources frugally. In the other future; we do nothing different than what we do now. If we could step away from the world and watch these two Earths evolves, my guess is that neither one would be much different 10 years hence then as if we had done nothing, other then subtle nudges in the right direction. If you could have told me that the most horrendous monster of all humanity would fund the research who’s chemistry keeps more then half the people on this planet alive, I would have laughed, but that is the way it happens. In South Carolina two nuclear plants have been suspended. In my opinion the cause this ‘unclear delay’ is not the fear of green-glowing flipper kids, melt-down or sterile pigs, or the twenty five billion dollar price tag, but the high degree of uneducated social scrutiny associated with nuclear work, high redundancy in construction inspection, and exorbitant insurance costs, because all second-guessers and over-sight teams involved are more like brainless drone automatons that listen to the louder voice of social media reactionaries. Something in the nature of the ‘Borg. In America; the blind, the stupid, the ignorant, the superstitious, are equally entitled to vote. As far as Nuclear Plant construction, it is as dangerous as ‘fire’ keep it out of the hands of children. There is a saving grace; that of really large numbers of people who are equally informed and misinformed can make a decision. And if history decides it is good, let it stand, if not, history will change the previous decision. For example Amendments 18 and 21, if you screw up, not to worry you have not made a big enough mess that Mother Earth will not forgive you in a few million years. One of my reasons for running for Mayor of Charlotte is to moderate the popular opinion and inject it with a larger perspective, practical and scientific research, because I intend to live here for another sixty years and wish not to live under prohibition. The power of The Office of the Mayor is only mild influence, think of me as a buffering agent against radical and rapid fluctuations in social policy. About Charlotte; what commodity other then people is not in constant flux, and even the state of people’s lives are in a state of flux. So what than is the steady state that you might be looking for; crime, inequality, traffic, housing, homelessness, or their reflective values. We do not live on a Keynesian Ship of State where the resources are absolute, we are the resource, we create the wealth. Any social scientist will tell you that plans, formulas, projections are only great for keeping people busy and of themselves employed, and have little or adverse effect on the physical world. Every grand scheme of social engineering since recorded history has been a dismal failure and in some cases has actually forestalled the recognition or work on immediate problems. The only concept that works is when the money and social powers, release their wealth and influence and the organic transformation of society is allowed. Then all the people prosper. Or I could be wrong.