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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n17 (04/28/2010) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

Earth Day Then and Now

April 22nd was the 41st Earth Day in which I participated. Artvoice’s special issue (April 15 to April 21) places the stories of Earth Day precisely where they need to be: in our backyard. Action stories about what individuals are doing is the highest tribute you give Earth Day 40 years after its birth. These articles also remind us of paths we have traveled from April 22, 1970, days of environmental activism, to April 22, 2010, days of environmental actions. There are enormous differences.

Celebrate Teachers

With all the technological advances in our age, from pocket-size video games to cell phones with applications for just about anything, it’s amazing any kid has the time of day for education. Nutrition is as an archaic notion as rotary dial telephones. Fatty processed food is all the rage, sugar and sodium is the main ingredient in just about everything. Parents spend plenty of time and effort raising kids to be lazy, obese consumers with no attention span. (I won’t even touch the culture of violence we have immersed our children in.)

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