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Earth Day


I recently did a presentation for class on the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969, which had been the largest ecological disaster in America at the time.  That dubious distinction was usurped, of course, and is currently held by BP’s blowout in the Gulf of Mexico one year ago April 20.  The Santa Barbara spill was a catalyst for the environmental movement of the 1970s, which led to the first earth day in 1970.

In honor of that day, and to remind us all that the Earth is not a bottomless pit of resources to abuse, but something that must be respected if we want to continue to live as we do, here is a slam poem by George Watsky, “Carry the One.”

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