Friday, May 28, 2010. An editorial reprinted from Green Builder Media by Sara Gutterman, CEO & Publisher.

To many people, Memorial Day means a hot barbeque, a much welcome three-day weekend, and the beginning of summer vacation. It’s easy to forget the significance of the holiday, which, originally called Decoration Day, is a commemoration of U.S. citizens who died while in military service.

Memorial Day, originally enacted after the American Civil War, is an historical reminder of the virtues and values that our country has believed to be worth fighting for—equal rights, democracy, freedom.

This Memorial Day, I’d like to pay special homage to the individuals who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of our nation’s current leading cause: energy. These courageous warriors have given us the tremendous gift our luxurious Western lifestyle.

In honor of the people have who died this past year in the explosion on the Deep Water Horizon, in collapsed mines, and on the battlefields of the Middle-East, I challenge each of us this Memorial Day weekend to determine what we can do to turn the tide in the losing battle for oil.

It’s time to fight for a new kind of freedom—freedom from the tyranny and hypocrisy that enables terrorism; freedom from closed markets that enable the suppression of clean energy alternatives; freedom from the business greed that enables horrific disasters like the runaway BP oil spill.

It’s time for our nation, and our global community, to add proper stewardship to the list of values that we hold dear. A religious man would say that this type of stewardship is our God-given right. A scientist would say that it is a responsibility that we need to respect in order to ensure the proper functioning of global environmental services. An atheist would say that it is simply good common sense.

It’s time to enter into the Sustainability Age. Let us turn our swords into plowshares and our military might into creative ideas that will stimulate our economy and preserve our natural world.

Please write to me at [email protected] with your thoughts about how we can win our energy wars.

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