We traveled from the debate in D.C. to the Green Party National Convention in Reading, Pennsylvania. The three days at the Convention were a whirlwind for us. I had declared to vy for the Green Party nomination among a field of some 10 (or more) candidates. Our platform (with a few exceptions) lines up closely with such Green Party “Values” as: grassroots democracy, social justice, decentralization, community-based economics, diversity… Another value is ecological wisdom, which we believe, in the face of the mounting global warming crisis is key to making it through this stage of history. And the Green Party, by far, has the sanest plan for reversing global warming, in my belief… The first day of the Convention, our family was interviewed by Reading’s newspaper. The next day a story appeared saying that this “family from Cleveland” strongly backed many of these values. What’s more, the story carried a cute picture of our four-year-old Jonathan passing out information… Later in a press conference, I said that our administration would not only push for Americans to cut back dramatically on their fossil fuel use (in tandem with phasing in much more clean, renewable — wind, sun, geothermal… — energy; but I would turn the White House “green,” with solar panels, a wind turbine and a perma-culture in the front yard. “I would then sell organic tomatoes through the fence to spend down the national debt,” I joked (sort of)… The Convention was replete with a number of good workshops. Of the ones I attended, I particularly liked Greg Gerritt’s: Green Economy Primer for Candidates. The premise is that “prosperity is only possible in a world in which ecostystems are being restored to health, violence is being eliminated, and justice and democracy are real rather than phony.” Gerritt said we have to think “holistically,” as opposed to our currrent rather myopic system that, for the most part, revolves around money and ideas. There must be a tangible “greening” of the economy, he said. One of the participants explained some 60 towns in Sweden have gone to ‘green economies’ where there is, for instance, friendly competition in “who can cut their carbon dioxide emissions the most…” Note: During the Candidate’s Forum Friday evening, I said I was your “average Joe concerned Midwestern parent.” And what I was most concerned about was, in the face of catastrophic Climate Change, whether our children would even have a world to live in in the very near future. That is starting to ‘play well in Peioria these days.’ As it should.