“Why Democracy Matters to the Environment” was written almost 7 years ago, it is still as germane as the day it was written. The author describes the vital intersection of the the Citizens United decision and environmental concerns. The article focuses on the work of Friends of the Earth (FOE), an environmental advocacy group.
As a community, Friends of the Earth cares deeply about broader social justice questions, including strengthening and expanding our democratic institutions. We realize that in order to win on our number one issue — be it carbon reduction, environmental protection or food safety — we must first reduce the noxious influence of powerful anti-environmental interests on our political system.Jan Fox