Mikhail Gorbachev — Time for a Global Perestroika

Posted by Trish Riley, June 22, 2009

GoGreenNation: In the years since the fall of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev has established himself as a leader helping to resolve some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in helping to free Russia from communistic rule, Gorbachev is founder of Green Cross International, a co-sponsor of the Earth Charter, both dedicated to creating worldwide sustainability.

Gorbachev wrote this very thoughtful and insightful piece for the Washington Post:

Americans need their own change — a perestroika, not like the one in my country, but an American perestroika..

The model that emerged during the final decades of the 20th century has turned out to be unsustainable. It was based on a drive for super-profits and hyper-consumption for a few, on unrestrained exploitation of resources and on social and environmental irresponsibility.

The time has come for “creative construction,” for striking the right balance between the government and the market, for integrating social and environmental factors and demilitarizing the economy.

via Mikhail Gorbachev — Time for a Global Perestroika – washingtonpost.com.