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The Rainforest? Pave it! Make It a Parking Lot.

Monday, August 11th, 2008

In 1970, the Anti-War movement was beginning to lose momentum – mostly by young people. Many were discouraged because the war continued to grind on despite our best protests. And then came Earth Day – and everyone had a NEW CA– USE -Environmentalism. I was repulsed.

Why?

The SaveMotherEarth! goals were too idealistic and too futuristic – too easy! compared to ending the war in Vietnam. After all, who was “for” pollution and against the earth? Anti-war demonstrators were booed, gassed, clubbed, and beaten. We were called commies, faggots, and traitors. Many parents wouldn’t even speak to their anti-war kids. Except for a few Earth-First radical types, no one spit on or HATED a tree-hugging, ocean-kissing, dirt-worshipping recyclist. As a “cause”, environmentalism was as good as it got.

Worse? It reverently centered on the FUTURE! Our Future – Our Kids’ Future – Our Planet’s Future. Ah, the Future – a hundred years, 500 years, 10- centuries from now, alla God’s chillens gonna have clean air, pretty trees, and snail darting fish.

The only problem is what about NOW?! RIGHT NOW we have piles of bodies from the ravages of wars and mountains of corpses from hunger, disease and poverty. Today – like every day -40,000+ people – mostly children and the elderly – will DIE from unnecessary hunger, unbeaten diseases, cruel poverty, and senseless wars. How green will they be in 500 years? Shall we put them in blue recycling boxes or just dump them in the landfills of history?

I’ve always said, automobiles saved us from streets full of horseshit – but their fumes are filling the streets with future-nostalgia bullshit.

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