Hey Dan, sure, that simply wasn’t the subject of this piece, but basically the “cooperative for the planet (or environment) itself” is the government. Public lands, public regulation of those who use or harvest from the land, environmental protections and regulations about pollution, all are instituted by democratic means, and are exactly that. Because it “belongs” to all of us, it is managed by the collective entity we’ve created to represent all of us: Democratic government. However, we have to get the private sector’s slimy tentacles out of government in order for it to be truly democratic, and educate the populace about the importance of the environment, in various ways. But with those caveats, essentially what you’re talking about is the role played by the government, I think.

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