Tuesday, April 24, 2007

New Growth Pushes Up Through the Charred Stubble of Spring Prairie Burn

An old trick we learned from the Native Americans, whose garden this once was. Photographed at Owen Conservation Park on Earth Day, 2007. Gaylord Nelson, who founded Earth Day in 1970, recalled it this way years later:
At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?

I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try.
Nearly four decades later, we're at war again and the polar ice caps are melting at a frightening rate. Slow learners, we humans.

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