Why FDR would want us to be green
It's time to heed his 70-year-old advice.
Friday, January 27, 2012 - 22:37
BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS: Just one of the myriad gorgeous natural places in the U.S. (Photo: Wendy Card)
"A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people." —Franklin Delano Roosevelt
President Franklin Roosevelt knew how important it was to take care of our lands more than 75 years ago. A lot has happened in the past seven decades since he stated the importance of preserving our nation's resources. After beginning his presidency, Americans suffered through and recovered from the Great Depression. Prohibition ended; the FBI was established; the Social Security Act and Fair Labor Standards Act were created; we entered World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor; the Revenue Act of 1942 was passed; the G.I. Bill was passed; and U.S. troops engaged in D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. These are only some of numerous events and accomplishments President Roosevelt encountered.
He overcame incredible obstacles, especially after being incapacitated with poliomyelitis. He was an optimist; it was apparent during his inaugural address when he said, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." I wonder what he would think about climate change and other environmental issues if he was alive today.
I think he was being proactive and warning future generations to take care of the environment. Now, I believe we are being re-active by trying to figure out how we can make a difference in preserving our natural resources for our future generations. What are your thoughts?
Let's make a difference and heed his advice. Think about ways you can make a difference in your community!
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