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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Environmentalism Is Dead

The most recurring theme I read or heard on Earth Day was that the environmental movement is dead. Or almost dead. A good indication that there is some validity to the rumor is reflected in this photo.

Pictured is the crowd that gathered on the drillfield of the Virginia Tech campus to celebrate Earth Day. As you can see, if you look closely, the throng was overflowing, resembling St. Peters Square during the recent Pope John Paul II assemblage in Vatican City.

I count 28 people.
Earth Day fair stresses environmental awareness
Jerry Kim, Collegiate Times Staff Writer

Yesterday marked the third annual Earth Day fair at Virginia Tech on the Drillfield. Over 60 student groups and local businesses took part in the event.

The community participated in making and flying kites from recycled materials, learning about hybrid vehicles, looking at a grease-run car or a leave-no-trace campsite and even making buttons. In addition, attendees were able to watch bike parades held every hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (link)

People interviewed for the article included the event coordinator, a rep for the Advisory Council for Environmental Sustainability, a rep for something called Hokie Spokes, an environmentally friendly bike shop, a rep for Young Democrats, a rep for the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team, and a representative from the Earth Sustainability Pilot Course.

Not mentioned or interviewed were any spectators. None.

5 tents, 60 booths, 28 visitors, and lots of hot environmentally-unfriendly air. Yup. This does not bode well for the future of the movement.


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Photo courtesy of Collegiate Times Posted by Hello