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IQ: Respecting the Big Momma 

Earth Day may lack Fourth of July flash, and it's not an excuse to chow down, party hearty, or even get a day off. It does, though, offer a much-needed occasion for us to remember that Mother Earth is mortal, deserves our respect and protection, and could use a good massage now and then.

click to enlarge Eric Deurelein
  • Eric Deurelein

Eric Deurelein
Santa Fe, N.M.
Bartender and writer

What is Earth Day? A day to remind us that we have to care for the environment and not just cash in on it.

How will George W. Bush celebrate Earth Day? Something along the lines of cutting $2 billion from the 2002 budget that would have gone toward environmental protection. Frankly, I doubt he gives a rat's ass about Earth Day.

What have you done in the past year to help Mother Nature? I recycle tin cans, bottles, plastic, newspaper. Also, water usage is a big deal where I live. We've done a few things to use it more efficiently in our home.

click to enlarge Marjorie Smith
  • Marjorie Smith

Marjorie Smith
Park Hill,
Retired office worker

What is Earth Day? The day we set aside each April to remind us of our place in the environment, the need to find alternative forms of energy and live in a way that's good for the Earth.

How will George W. Bush celebrate Earth Day? I doubt he'll pay it any mind at all.

What have you done in the past year to help Mother Nature? For one, I encouraged everyone I know to vote for Al Gore. Also, my husband and I use solar assist methods to heat our house and water. We're tying to turn off the lights and be careful about the amount of water we use. Also, we recycle everything we can and drop it off every week or so at collection centers.

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  • Christine Collick

Christine Collick
Security
Social worker

What is Earth Day? A day to remember how wonderful the earth really is. A day to think about the importance of our natural resources.

How will George W. Bush celebrate Earth Day? He'll probably say something about what good care we're taking of the environment. He says a lot of things he doesn't really mean, though.

What have you done in the past year to help Mother Nature? I recycle newspapers, paper bags, plastic bags, cans and bottles. I bag them up separately and drop them off at a recycling center.

click to enlarge Kyle Angstadt
  • Kyle Angstadt

Kyle Angstadt
North End
Insurance brokerage

What is Earth Day? It's a celebration of Mother Earth and Mother Nature that started back in the late '70s when I was in college.

How will George W. Bush celebrate Earth Day? Phone in a bomb threat to the Global Warming Summit? Tear down a forest somewhere? Set up a new oil-drilling reserve?

What have you done in the past year to help Mother Nature? I have to admit, not a lot, other than recycling newspapers, plastic, bottles and aluminum cans.

What will you do to celebrate Earth Day? Maybe I'll try to talk my office into doing some recycling.

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