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This analysis of the current state of environmental affairs in the State of Maine was drafted by the STEWC Steering Committee and participating others over the summer and approved for posting by the Steering Committee September 2, 2017. It is offered up to help better come to terms with the challenge of unfolding environmental threats.
These many assaults leave those of us who work to address them feel like spinning ducks in a carnival shooting gallery! It has become incumbent on us to understand the purposes and premises underlying government regulatory authority at all its levels and domains, and to become intimately familiar with its many forms and detailed elements.
We need to think on the fundamental nature of these kinds of challenges to our collective social, economic, environmental, and political well-being. It pays us to understand what lies at the core of these present and emerging issues. If we're clear as we can be on the generic issues as well as their specific manifestations, we will be better prepared to respond, more quickly and more appropriately. Herewith an attempt to articulate four core themes for the kind of work in which we're presently engaged.
Two are bio-physical realities we understand through the processes of science and intellect.
Two values reflect the moral and ethical obligations inherent in any human society.