Demanding Clean Food and Water: The Fight for a Basic Human Right

Demanding Clean Food and Water: The Fight for a Basic Human Right

Demanding Clean Food and Water: The Fight for a Basic Human Right

Demanding Clean Food and Water: The Fight for a Basic Human Right

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When the leaders of Princeton University's Earth Day 1990 celebration had invited me to speak at their Environmental Teach-In, I accepted with enthusiasm. I did wonder what message I would offer. It would be one I hoped would spark the interest of young students, most of them under the age of twenty and not even born at the time of that historic 1970 event—the world's first "Earth Day." I remembered it quite well and shared my memories of two decades past—of meeting young students of another era, men and women garbed in the costume of their predecessors, the "flower" and "peace movement" children. The Earth Day students gave each passerby a single blossom— a daisy, as I recall—to invoke a symbol of our good though troubled earth. My 1990 Princeton audience listened earnestly—I could have been describing the Civil War, for all these moments in time predated their very existence. The topic for this particular Teach-In was titled "How Far Have We Come since Earth Day 1970," and a most distinguished panel of experts highlighted by Princeton professor Richard Falk, Richard Ayres of the Natural Resources Defense Council, biology professor Steve Hubbell, an Arco Chemical representative Steve Brown, an Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental . . .

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