The Greenprint Theory
What if there were solutions to climate change that also solved the healthcare crisis? What if transportation innovation reduced both carbon emissions and obesity? If we made healthy food affordable and junk food expensive? What if our laws kept toxic chemicals out of our water, our food and our homes; and upheld our right to be healthy?
Welcome to the Greenprint.
There are several things the Greenprint holds as self evident:
All people have the inalienable right to pursue healthiness. While health cannot be guaranteed, the opportunity to be healthy must be.
It is a misconception that people “choose” to be unhealthy. Lack of health usually comes from lack of options. Put another way, it is presently too easy to be unhealthy and too hard to be healthy.
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While many things can augment health, there are certain tools that are necessary for health. Without them, illness is likely. They are:
Emotional well being
A safe and toxin free environment
It is the government’s role to protect access to these “tools of health” primarily by removing barriers.
The tools of health I listed are each critically important, but some, such as “emotional well being”, are more complex than others. However, not having a solution to the problem is no reason to ignore its existence, so I mention it as a goal for further investigation. Closer at hand are the two urgent tools, healthy diet and daily exercise. Urgent, because they are the keys to curing obesity. We cannot underestimate the enormous impact obesity is having and will have on our country and its well being. We also cannot ignore the incredibly simple and straightforward cure for obesity—diet and exercise. Finally, we must face, head on, that the problem is not that we don’t have a cure to obesity: the problem is that we have not yet wrapped our heads around delivery of the cure.
So, back to the task at hand—how, and why, we would create a public transportation system designed around walking and biking, as part of a health-focused medical system.
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