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Caroline Kennedy on Environment

 

 


Protect the wilderness for future generations

For thousands of years, the American landscape has nurtured and sustained her people like no other. Native Americans celebrated their relationship with the land, and they have been joined by all those who followed. For the past 400 years, America has fed, clothed, and sheltered the millions who settled here, and in modern times, has sent food to much of the world as well. This abundance has made possible a way of life unequaled by any society in history.

Early American society was tied to the land, and America's wealth was based on an agrarian way of life. The values of hard work, self-sufficiency, and community participation were tied to farm and frontier life. Today our concern is to protect the wilderness without merely romanticizing it, to preserve the quiet places, the rushing water and the still pools, the wildflowers and the prairie, the seashore and the forests so that future generations of Americans will be able to call them home.

Source: A Patriot's Handbook, by Caroline Kennedy, p.575-576 , Apr 13, 2005

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