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Hugging trees Many Coloradans, liberal, conservative and everyone in between, regard nature as something to be revered. Take, for example, Colorado Springs Pastor Ted Haggard, who heads the National Association of Evangelicals. Haggard has turned down the path of the tree hugger, with the explanation that we must care for God's creation (for more see the cover story on page 17). On April 22, millions around the world will mark the 35th annual Earth Day -- a day to celebrate and to protest the harm we do to our planet.
click to enlarge Digna Norris -  - Downtown -  - Executive assistant -  - Has "environmentalist" become a dirty word? Not - for me. - I love nature. I grew up in Panama. -  - What extinct species do you miss the most? I - can't say - the dinosaurs. That would be bad. -  - Who would you rather hug, nature photographer - John - Fielder or Pastor Ted Haggard? Ted Haggard. I'm - pretty - sure he'd be more willing to give me a hug.
  • Digna Norris

    Downtown

    Executive assistant

    Has "environmentalist" become a dirty word? Not for me. I love nature. I grew up in Panama.

    What extinct species do you miss the most? I can't say the dinosaurs. That would be bad.

    Who would you rather hug, nature photographer John Fielder or Pastor Ted Haggard? Ted Haggard. I'm pretty sure he'd be more willing to give me a hug.

click to enlarge Sanford Thomas -  - North Academy -  - Advertiser -  - What's our biggest environmental problem? I'd say - clean - air. I'm originally from L.A., where that's a really big - problem. -  - Has "environmentalist" become a dirty word? - Yes. It's a - cause. When you're speaking out against something, - people will have issues with it. -  - Recently the National Association of Evangelicals - issued - a statement taking a stance against global warming. - What do you think about it? I would think that - would be - everybody's problem. There's a lot going on with society - about preserving our planet, so eventually it's going to - cross religious lines.
  • Sanford Thomas

    North Academy

    Advertiser

    What's our biggest environmental problem? I'd say clean air. I'm originally from L.A., where that's a really big problem.

    Has "environmentalist" become a dirty word? Yes. It's a cause. When you're speaking out against something, people will have issues with it.

    Recently the National Association of Evangelicals issued a statement taking a stance against global warming. What do you think about it? I would think that would be everybody's problem. There's a lot going on with society about preserving our planet, so eventually it's going to cross religious lines.

click to enlarge Brooke Holder -  - Briargate -  - Secretary -  - Has "environmentalist" become a dirty word?  No, I - think - they're positive people and there should be more of - them. -  - What do you think about the National Association of - Evangelicals issuing a statement that takes a stance - against global warming? It's a bit surprising that - they - would because they're pretty weird about their ideas - about what things are. -  - Who would you rather hug, John Fielder or Ted - Haggard?  - John Fielder.
  • Brooke Holder

    Briargate

    Secretary

    Has "environmentalist" become a dirty word? No, I think they're positive people and there should be more of them.

    What do you think about the National Association of Evangelicals issuing a statement that takes a stance against global warming? It's a bit surprising that they would because they're pretty weird about their ideas about what things are.

    Who would you rather hug, John Fielder or Ted Haggard? John Fielder.

click to enlarge Bryan Ross -  - Pueblo West -  - Project Manager -  -  - What is our biggest environmental problem? I'd say - fossil - fuels and getting away from them. I think we're one - invention away. But I drive a 12-cylinder BMW. -  - Has "environmentalist" become a dirty word? - No, as a - matter of fact I see it becoming more mainstream. -  - What extinct species do you miss the most? The woolly - mammoth. -  - Who would you rather hug, John Fielder or Ted Haggard? - John Fielder.
  • Bryan Ross

    Pueblo West

    Project Manager

    What is our biggest environmental problem? I'd say fossil fuels and getting away from them. I think we're one invention away. But I drive a 12-cylinder BMW.

    Has "environmentalist" become a dirty word? No, as a matter of fact I see it becoming more mainstream.

    What extinct species do you miss the most? The woolly mammoth.

    Who would you rather hug, John Fielder or Ted Haggard? John Fielder.

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