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Does Earthrise Have Anything To Do With Your Environmentalism?

Over at TreeHugger, they’ve published an article celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earthrise, a photograph of the Earth from the Moon that, the article claims, is “the iconic photo that created the modern environmental movement”.

Maybe I’m out of the loop of the modern environmental movement, but I’ve never thought of my environmentalism as motivated by space travel, or by any single photograph. My environmentalism has to do with my direct experience of nature, and the resulting wish to preserve it.

Am I an outlier in this regard? Was environmentalism really created by this photograph?


7 thoughts on “Does Earthrise Have Anything To Do With Your Environmentalism?”

  1. Tom says:

    The only environmental movement has been toward its commodification and destruction.

  2. Dave says:

    Green Man, I don’t doubt at all your personal experiences that guided you to your environmentalism, neither do I believe that it didn’t take many things coming together to give the environmental movement its momentum, but you may still be an outlier in your view on this.

    No way to guess your age, but if you were old enough to remember, moon travel and its resulting imagery in the late 1960’s was truly a big deal, captivating, sometimes breathtaking. This earthrise pic provided a tangible way to show hundreds of millions of people that we truly live in a closed system, a speck out in space, a great round ball that we really need to take care of for our own good. I find that most people need that picture that’s worth a thousand words because, more often than not, they won’t give a listen to that thousand words, no matter how important to their well-being.

    Also, a couple of generations have come up now who can recall this image from their earliest memory, and it would have had its impact on them from diapers on. Such images did not so much change their view of the world as they did shape it from their beginning.

  3. Tom says:

    off – topic Green Man, but have you seen this

    Environment Chapter

    1. Green Man says:

      Why no…

  4. Tom says:

    This guy may be the future of the politician we need to make real changes (unless it was a stunt to get elected; which wouldn’t surprise me after Obama):

    Charges dismissed against pipeline protester

    Wahmhoff then declares Senate candidacy

    Charges were dismissed Monday against a man who spent a day inside an oil pipeline and is now running for the U.S. Senate.

    Christopher Wahmhoff, 35, of Kalamazoo, walked out of a Calhoun County Circuit Court Monday morning after a judge dismissed charges of resisting police and trespassing. He spent a day last summer inside a new pipe to protest against the Enbridge Inc., the company building the pipeline.
    (read the rest)

  5. Tom says:

    and here’s one showing how well our government works (for corporations)

    Monsanto critics denied U.S. Supreme Court hearing on seed patents

    The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monsanto Co’s biotech seed patents on Monday, dealing a blow to a group of organic farmers and other activists trying to stop the biotech company from suing farmers if their fields contain a few plants containing the company’s genetically modified traits.

    The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and a group of dozens of organic and conventional family farmers, seed companies and public advocacy interests sued Monsanto in March 2011. The suit sought to prohibit the company from suing farmers whose fields became inadvertently contaminated with corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and other crops containing Monsanto’s genetic modifications.

    Monsanto has genetically engineered its specialty seeds to withstand dousings of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the company’s Roundup herbicide.

    The group asked Monsanto for a pledge not to sue, but the company refused, saying: “A blanket covenant not to sue any present or future member of petitioners’ organizations would enable virtually anyone to commit intentional infringement.”

    The biotech crops are widely used throughout the United States. Monsanto has sued more than 100 farmers for patent infringement, winning judgments against those found to have made use of its seed without paying required royalties.

    The group of Monsanto critics lost in district court and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    “Monsanto never has and has committed it never will sue if our patented seed or traits are found in a farmer’s field as a result of inadvertent means,” said Kyle McClain, the company’s chief litigation counsel.

    “The lower courts agreed there was no controversy between the parties,” McClain added, “and the Supreme Court’s decision not to review the case brings closure on this matter.”

    OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen said he was disappointed in the high court’s refusal to hear the case.

    “The Supreme Court failed to grasp the extreme predicament family farmers find themselves in,” said Gerritsen, a Maine organic seed farmer. “The Court of Appeals agreed our case had merit. However, … safeguards they ordered are insufficient to protect our farms and our families.”

  6. Tom says:

    Here ya go Green Man, so you don’t have to plod through the whole document:

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