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Why Don't Many Americans Care More For The Land?
By Frosty Wooldridge
This junked trailer sets on the north side of the "Avenue of the Giants" in California. From such beauty of the 360 feet tall, 140 ton, 2,500 year old redwoods to the utter ugliness of a trashed out area on the north side of the redwood groves. It's really disgusting.
As you travel across this once pristine continent, a mere 150 years ago, it was a land of enormous beauty. Not a single piece of junk disgraced the land. Today, as a long distance touring cyclist for the past 50 years and 15 trips across the USA and once across Canada, I have witnessed thousands of the 50,000,000 personal dumps in the woods, prairie, beaches, farms, gullies, valleys, canyons, rivers, streams and just about anywhere humans can discard their stuff.
When such humans trash the land, the more responsible humans don't do anything to clean it up. Why are there more than 100 million soda pop bottles, cans and plastic containers strewn everywhere in America and Canada? It's mega-worse in Mexico.
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." Foreword, A Sand County Almanac .
Why haven't we passed 50 cent deposit-return laws on all plastic, metal and plastic containers coming out of mercantile stores? Why haven't we created a national "Pick up the Trash" week annually? Why haven't we formed "Clean up our Rivers" week, annually? How about "Pick up Open Dumps" week across America?
At some point, we just can't keep looking at the millions of open dumps and simply sigh while doing nothing. There's no reason to allow those who would trash North America when we could stop them with simple economics.
We need to change the way we look and treat the Natural World.
To many Americans, the wilderness is little more than a retreat from the tensions of civilization. To others of us, it is a testing place--a vanishing frontier where man can rediscover basic values. And to a few, the wilderness is nothing less than an almost holy source of self-renewal. But for every man, woman and child, the ultimate lesson that Nature teaches is simply this: humanity's fate is inextricably linked to that of the world at large and to all other creatures that live upon it.
Do you agree or disagree? Why? Isn't the land worth your efforts to keep it pristine in your area? What are you doing to make this a better world? What are you doing in your neck of the woods to clean up the Natural World?
Frosty Wooldridge, six continent world bicycle traveler, who has picked up over 1,000,000 pieces of trash on those six continents##
This video graphically and dramatically illustrates America's immigration-population crisis as well as the world's. I wrote it and narrated it. Tim Walters of Cleveland, Ohio directed and produced. Please forward it to all your friends, networks and beyond. Place it on FB, Twitter, Linkedin, Parler and more. Just click the link below to see the video.
Immigration, Overpopulation, Resources, Civilization by Frosty Wooldridge
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In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, "Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls", Roy Beck, director of www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation. Take five minutes to see for yourself:
http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=LPjzfGChGlE&feature=player_ embedded"Immigration by the numbers—off the chart " by Roy Beck This 10-minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, "Mind boggling!" www.NumbersUSA.org
-- Frosty Wooldridge
Population-Immigration-Environmental specialist: speaker at colleges, civic clubs, high schools and conferences
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Frosty Wooldridge, six continent world bicycle traveler, Astoria, Oregon to Bar Harbor, Maine, 4,100 miles, 13 states, Canada, summer 2017, 100,000 feet of climbing: