MY DEMONSTRATION – Martha Kennedy – Reblog

More good words for Earth Day. Because we older folks remember the day it began … and wonder why so little has been accomplished. This fragile craft grows more fragile every day.


I'm a Writer, Yes, I Am!

It turns out that the great love of my has been nature. Nothing and no one has given me — or asked from me — anything comparable. The photo above is of me, Dusty and my tree — it’s been my tree since I was fifteen. That tree taught me pretty much everything I have needed to know about faith, perseverance, beauty and survival. A tiny bit of it went into the ground with my dad when he was buried in Montana in 1972.

Me and Cody and my tree Cody O’Dog and I at my tree in 2010

Back in the day, when people were marching against the War in Vietnam and all manner of things, the only demonstration in which I participated was that of the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970.

I was a senior in high school in Colorado Springs. I had my mom’s car (I don’t remember why). I ditched school…

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Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all plus a big helping of cynicism.

3 thoughts on “MY DEMONSTRATION – Martha Kennedy – Reblog”

  1. Thank you Marilyn. ❤

    Honestly, I don't wonder why "so little has changed." A LOT has changed. I think no one could have known how dire the situation actually was or would rapidly become as the under-developed world sped toward becoming the "developed" world. How could we know the toll that would take?

    I think the key is not to give up or be daunted by the enormity of the task or the obtuseness of some people in power or businesses who fear their bottom line will vanish.

    I'm living in a depressed area of the United States where many of the major employers are alternative fuel producers — for example we have one of the nation's largest farms and it is not just powering us it's powering other places in Colorado, just one thing. Almost every day out here there is some small victory — against drilling in Chaco Canyon, or the court deciding Yellowstone Park is worth more as it is than the oil beneath it, research into responsibly cleaning up the innumerable antique gold, silver and tin mines all around. I HOPE all this happening everywhere will inspire others.

    Oh and this National Geographic Piece is good — it made me think that we had to learn HOW to mitigate our carelessness before we could do it.


    1. Oh, we’ve done a lot … but we haven’t stopped what caused the problem, so from my perspective, yes. We got the Blackstone clean enough to fish in and even, in some areas, for swimming. But not for drinking. Probably never that. Sure the air in New York and LA is cleaner, but it isn’t clean, Yes, the Hudson is no longer so polluted you can develop film in it (there was a time you could and that’s really POLLUTED!), but it’s not clean. In many parts of the country, even that much hasn’t been done,

      I subscribe to National Geographics because I love photography and because I know the money I spend on the subscription goes to help National Parks. Whenever I have a few spare dollars, I send it to one of the organizations that are breeding vulnerable or nearly extinct animals or taking care of mistreated ones. It’s not much, but it’s the best I can do.

      We haven’t done NOTHING, but we haven’t done nearly enough. Not nearly enough people are trying to fix the problem. They still toss garbage from car windows. They toss trash into the rivers. And that IS drinking water.

      I know because Garry and I are always cleaning it up. If we haven’t gotten to a point where EVERYONE knows not to toss trash from car windows, I would say we aren’t anywhere NEAR where we need to be.

      And did I mention that we are one of the places that gets lots of super fund money? This valley was the original site of American pollution. We’ve come a long way, but not far enough. Many places in Massachusetts (especially Massachusetts) were so badly polluted they will never be clean. They literally CAN’T be cleaned.

      What always makes me the MOST angry is that we could do it. Now that China won’t take our garbage, a lot of places are suggesting we not bother to recycle because we have nowhere to put the recycling. It was on the news tonight, as a matter of fact.

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