Burning Question

How Will You Celebrate Earth Day 2008?

Majora Carter
Founder and Executive Director, Sustainable South Bronx

“I hate Earth Day for the same reason that I hate most holidays: It makes people believe they can cover a year of ills by being ‘good’ on that one day. I celebrate Earth Day every day by doing everything in my power to make this world green for all people, regardless of their race or class.”

Sam Waterston
Actor, Law and Order; Board of Directors, Oceana

“I’m asking my friends and family to remember our oceans. Oceans cover 71% of the globe and are in serious trouble from pollution and climate change— scientists recently projected that if ocean catches continue at current rates, our seafood supply could collapse before the middle of the century.”

Anna Lappé
Coauthor, Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen

“I’ll celebrate with low–carbon footprint food from my local farmers market. Sure, the industrial food system may have brought us such culinary miracles as Cheez Whiz and Froot Loops, but in doing so it’s become one of the top contributors to climate change. The livestock industry alone accounts for 18 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. So I’ll chow down on climate-friendly fare. No Hummer-on-a-plate burgers for me.”

Issue 25

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