The Earth cries in poverty, while man continues to fire up the chainsaws and cut back the trees for financial growth.
Shrinking rainforests and the disastrous effects of slash and burn in Indonesia have been brought to our attention by major networks many times in the recent past, and there is probably some form of environmental destruction going on in your own back yard that doesn't get any coverage at all.
Saving The Earth
You must have heard about Transylvania. What does the name conjure up for you?
Count Dracula's domain used to be clothed in towering trees of the darkest green.
The loggers have raped these forests and left much of her body scratched and bare.
Instead of replanting, farmers use the dead wood to stake out their domains and so destroy a legend in the process.
With a little more fantasy and imagination, professional interior designers could have created an example of the age. Instead, the off-white plates in the restaurant are simply stamped in red: Restaurant DRACULA.
The Count's blood must be boiling when he looks down on his environment today.
What are we doing to our planet, and the heritage that should be left to our great-great grand-children?
In less than a generation, Transylvania alone has been altered dramatically.
Earth Day Network:
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Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day:
As a senator, Nelson contributed to important liberal reforms but struggled for years to interest his colleagues in environmental protections. So he turned instead to the people, proposing April 22, 1970 as a day for Americans to speak out about the environmental crises they faced.
Romania Travel Notes:
The borders of Romania have shifted over the years, and some eleven percent of Romania is still populated by ethnic Hungarians.
Transylvania - How it Was Back Then:
A look back at how Katalin Meszaros saw Transylvania, more than 30 years ago.
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