Environmentalists, to my perpetual astonishment, do not see the tremendous opportunities they have by simply staffing local boards. Want to stop a wetlands from being drained and filled for a parking lot? Volunteer on your conservation board and deny the damn permit. Want to create a sustainable city? Join your planning board and help write a 20-year comprehensive plan that creates smart growth in the downtown. Want to stop a Walmart from expanding? Change the local zoning by-laws to restrict lot size.
great post by michael (climateadaptation).