IQ: Note to self: Save Earth 

It's been a long time since Rachel Carson, Edward Abbey, David Brower and others like them began to wield the ax of environmentalism and show the world the importance of treating the Earth as fairly as we should treat each other. In some cases, their methods were controversial, but each had a distinct impact on the environmental movement. In the past 30 years, since the first Earth Day, we've at least been given the tool of awareness.

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  • "Fish"

Neighborhood: Downtown

What does Earth Day mean? It's a day of recognition for the possibility for the Earth, which I think is kind of bogus because it should be a responsibility everybody has every day of their lives, anyway.

What is the cornerstone of the environmental movement? The idea not to destroy our planet too early, I hope.

How is the Earth in better shape today than it was 30 years ago? There's more consciousness to the idea of it, but I wouldn't say necessarily that the Earth itself is in better shape.

Who was Edward Abbey? I've heard the name, but I don't know who it is.

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  • Crystal Iggsten

Crystal Iggsten
Neighborhood: Northeast

What does Earth Day mean? It means that people should re-group and come together and realize what they need to do in order to make the Earth a better place.

What is the cornerstone of the environmental movement? Greenpeace.

How is the Earth in better shape today than it was 30 years ago? There doesn't seem to be as much pollution in the air and people are more conscious than they were 30 years ago.

Who was Edward Abbey? I have no idea.

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  • Robert Macri

Robert Macri
Neighborhood: Patty Jewett

What does Earth Day mean? I'd say for people to be aware of what the Earth has to offer, and also to be aware of the opportunity to make the best of what we have, and hopefully keep it for future generations.

What is the cornerstone of the environmental movement? I would say preservation of the Earth and hopefully reclamation of the some of the areas that we let atrophy due to ozone depletion and other things man-made.

How is the Earth in better shape today than it was 30 years ago? Even though we have more automobiles we sure have a lot higher standards for emissions, and we are more aware of our open spaces.

Who was Edward Abbey? An activist in some way, sort of an aggressive, militant environmentalist.

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  • Clinton Wehling

Clinton Wehling
Neighborhood: Central

What does Earth Day mean? It's where you're supposed to do good stuff for the Earth like recycle and clean up.

What is the cornerstone of the environmental movement? Probably, it's getting the young people involved. Like when they came to your elementary school, they said "you've gotta clean up otherwise you're gonna be an old grumpy fart and you're gonna be living in a trash dump."

How is the Earth in better shape today than it was thirty years ago? I don't know if it is in better shape. Maybe we're starting to realize stuff but we still keep building and destroying the Earth and tearing down the rainforests.

Who was Ed Abbey? Probably a very big environmentalist..


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