Join the Mackinac Center’s Environmental Policy Initiative on June 30, 2020 for our Virtual Policy Forum, “Seven Principles of Sound Environmental Management.”
Joe Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center, will share opening remarks and then will be followed by our featured speakers:
- Todd Myers, director of the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center
- Jason Hayes, director of Environmental Policy at the Mackinac Center
Within most of our lives, we have witnessed a drastic change in societal attitudes toward the natural environment. Many among us will likely remember a time when the great outdoors was considered something to be contended with, conquered, and possibly feared. However, as we have improved both our understanding of the natural environment and our technological capacity, our attitudes toward it are changing.
As we noted in the opening section of our just-published paper, “Seven Principles of Sound Environmental Policy,” we now understand that “proper stewardship of our forests, rivers, rangelands and open spaces is an essential part of our everyday life.” And, just as importantly, many people, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations have recognized that “individuals and organizations possess the local knowledge needed to make effective stewardship decisions.” Therefore, we believe that whenever we can relocate “land use and management decisions from state bureaucracies to individuals in the field,” we “will incentivize the best decisions,” without the need for intrusive regulations, or so-called experts to monitor and approve or disprove of our every action and decision.
In our virtual policy forum, Todd and Jason will discuss how the seven basic principles presented in their new publication can start legislators and regulators off on the right path by ensuring private property rights are protected and the productive and creative abilities of free markets are maximized.
This event will take place on Tuesday, June 30 at 2 p.m. EDT. To RSVP and receive access to the forum, please register below.