John Silvestri, Esq

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Social Justice

Environmental Justice

As a lawyer, I know we have our share of bad lawyers.  Likewise, there are bad cops.  That will always be.  However, there are a very small number of bad lawyers, because of the way we are regulated under our professional license.  Please consider legislative reform to create standards of conduct, standards of ethics, and centralized discipline for police officers.

Lawyers, psychologists, doctors, real estate appraisers, barbers, hair stylists, real estate brokers, massage therapists, veterinarians, and many more occupations, are all licensed professionals.  We must perform our occupations by a code of conduct, and by a code of ethics, and we are subject to discipline, and loss of license, when our conduct or ethics falls below standards, after investigation and review by a state board.

The certification law has no enforceable code of conduct or code of ethics.  Complaints about bad cops are "handled" by the locals who hire them, using standards the locals make up for the situation.  Is there a cop out there who does not consider herself, or himself, a professional?  The good cops should desire to be recognized as professionals, and get rid of bad cops who give good cops a bad reputation.

Consciousness of our environment is now in focus.  It is time to think about what we do, and why, with a neutral mind, not driven by emotion or addiction.  Advertising cigarettes created emotion to look or be "cool", and lead to addiction. There are many advertisements of food created to make eating certain food "fun" or "healthy", but the food gives us hypertension, diabetes and cancer. These factory food businesses are also fouling our air with greenhouse gases, fouling our streams and oceans with waste from their industry, and cutting or burning down rain forest to expand their product, in addition to making us sick.

There is a new idea for food labeling, catching on in progressive countries, and starting to be used by food companies whose products do not contribute to hypertension, diabetes and cancer, and do not do damage to earth.  The labeling is called "carbon labels":  See Wired magazine, Tuesday 4 February 2020, article by Oliver Franklin-Wallis, or an excerpt.

We label fridges to show their environmental impact – why not food?   Mandatory environmental labels would change how we produce and consume in three far-reaching ways.