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Re: Americans live in environmental glass houses.

  Interestingly and mostly forgotten, ALL Americans aren't
alike!  I personally know hundreds in our community who don't
use up resources, who grow their own food and who drive their
cars very little.  We just need to let other people know that
this lifestyle is no sacrifice but instead a wonderful way to
be in touch with real life.
    I'm hoping that by starting a community garden at our
church, this message will become clear to those involved and
interested.  Instead of preaching with words, actions have a
good way of extending the message to many more people.
    Americans also have a stronger vote than the ones we are
lucky enough to be able to use at the polls. We have our
dollars.  Once this idea becomes plain, hopefully money won't
going to massive pig farms that pollute our water (our main
issue right now here in AL),or chemical companies who corrupt
the fiber of our being and call it progressive farming.
-----Original Message-----
From: Terri Ann Gumula <tgumula@earthlink.net>
To: community_garden@mallorn.com <community_garden@mallorn.com>
Date: Friday, September 10, 1999 7:24 AM
Subject: [cg] Americans live in environmental glass houses.

>With all due respect, Adam,  Americans, who consume 10 TIMES
>proportionate share of the planet's resources, should NOT be
>stones. The American lifestyle - gas guzzing SUV's, 2500
square foot
>(250 square Meters, if think) houses (which need to heated,
>furnished, redocorated, etc.), genetically modified foods,
paper for
>everything, meat-for-every-meal are destroying the planet's
>Even worse American companies are "selling our lifestyle"
>encouraging even more destructive consumerism for every
person.  Every
>choice you make (eat meat, buy a cheap plastic outdor chair)
has an
>effect elsewhere.
>Where do you think that cheap plastic outdoor chair came from?
>Whose environment is it degrading?
>Where is the demand for rain forest-destroying products coming
>The USA & other industrialized nations for raw materials:
>wood, soy (to feed our beef).  If we didn't need it, do you
think they
>would be trying to sell it to us?  Would they be destroying
rain forest
>for something they can't sell?
>Every small pro-environment choice adds up.
>As Pete Seeger said (paraphrased) at the NYC Community Garden
>Our Ground, "In 100 years, the Hudson River will be clean.
Either we
>cleaned up our environment or we won't be here."
>We all must do what we can and pray it's enough.
>living in the good ole USA,
>community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com

community_garden maillist  -  community_garden@mallorn.com

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