[Fwd: help, taking care of the earth is becoming illegal!]

Lsmitholy at aol.com Lsmitholy at aol.com
Sat Aug 11 12:47:14 EDT 2001

In a message dated 8/10/01 11:28:13 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
martin-g at iafrica.com writes:

> But the underlying reaon for the complaint
> is aesthetic.  There are two things people don't like in their distorted
> modernist idea of beauty: food and natural vegetation.  They think natural
> vegetation is 'unkempt', and food is 'cabbage patch'.   How do we change
> this perception?

Here, in Olympia, Washington, we are undergoing an aesthetic battle as well.  
A series of man-made lakes was created along the capitol building in 1950.  I 
moved here 5 years ago and think the lake is pretty.  I just learned, 
however, that the lake is dead and needs to be dredged every so often to keep 
it from filling with silt.  This is expensive and not any longer permitted 
under environmental regs.  So there is a movement to let the lake return to 
its natural estuary state.  I think it would be wonderful to have an estuary 
downtown and to be able to watch the salmon swim in from the sound every 
fall.  The majority of the town seem to want to keep the lake--our jewel.  
With all the issues involved, it really does come down to aesthetic, and I 
don't know how you go about addressing that.  It's an interesting issue.

We plan to distribute photos of what it used to look like.  People fear 
smelly, ugly mud flats.  Ideally, we'd like to find talent to draw a vision 
of what it could be.  A picture is worth a thousand words...

Linda Smith
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