The U.S. Role in our Interconnected World
Candidates for the 2020 elections must endeavor to respond to urgent concerns arising around the globe in balance with their attention to pressing domestic affairs. Program collaborators are anxious to learn how the candidates plan to protect life on our home, planet earth. We realize that to date International policies, even trade policy, has rarely had much effect on voting habits even as the needs and well-being of the U.S. population are closely tied to all those living elsewhere on our endangered planet.
Here in Iowa, rural communities and farmers are increasingly concerned about the adverse effects of the changing climate and the President’s trade wars with China and Mexico. But, these are just the tip of the iceberg. In our interconnected world, none of us will escape the dangers and effects of sea level rise, environmental degradation, wildlife extinction, food insecurity, ocean acidification, or global warming. Even more alarming is the potential for catastrophe of a national security policy built on the threat to kill millions of civilians with nuclear weapons.
Given the mounting number of threats facing the entire global population, it’s time the public and the candidates began to examine and focus on international relations and arrangements. Global challenges require global responses, global cooperation, and mutual defense for global security. None of the most urgent global crises can be solved militarily. Unless we find a path forward together, likely we’ll find ourselves alone.
Forum collaborators invite the public to join the conversation, commit to vote, volunteer and to support the candidate with the most thoughtful, forthright approach to engage world leaders and work to resolve these challenges.