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Sadhu Has Left The Country... will he have more impact in Cleveland and Chicago from Canada?
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 09/08/2009 - 11:40.
Thanks to REALNEO's lmcshane for pointing out one of the most interesting developments in the American "sustainability movement" ever - what appears to be Chicago's real news source, The Chicago Reader, broke the news, September 4, 2009, that "The Green Mayor's Green Policy Maker Leaves for Vancouver". This is the story of former Cleveland and Chicago area sustainability guru Sadhu Johnston, now set to become the deputy city manager of Vancouver.
From the Reader:
Sound familiar to Clevelanders. Chicago may be full of green-washing, and on St. Patrick's Day the streets flow with green beer, but Chicagoland ain't remotely green. Neither is Cleveland. More on Sadhu, and his performance in Chicago, from the Reader:
Sadhu is moving to a place where the citizens truly care about their world being green - Canada - to become deputy city manager of the place that really wants to be the world's real green capital - Vancouver. From the Reader:
The thing really holding the Canadian economy back, and killing their people, is all that pollution blowing up there from dirty, un-green places like Cleveland and Chicago.... making Vancouver's choice of Sadhu especially curious.
Canadians well know the harm American pollution causes their economy and people, so why would they want the man who sent so much pollution to Canada, from Chicago, and who allowed Chicago to proceed on a path to pollute excessively for years and perhaps decades to come.
I hope Sadhu moving from Chicago to Vancouver is not a sign Canada is green-washing their economy but rather a sign that, while Sadhu did not have the impact needed while leading environmental planning for Chicago, it was not his fault, and he is positioned to do better.
In this case, whatever the circumstances, I expect Sadhu to now stand across our borders and even come to Cleveland with a big Canadian stick and demand we stop killing the people and economy of his new homeland with dirty American pollution.
Best wishes for that, Sadhu. Enjoy iving in a truly beautifl place, working for wht seems a cool boss, but think long and hard each day about what you leave behind. We are counting on you to have a real global impact, this step in your career.