Monday, March 14, 2011

Olivia and Jackson Go To Washington

One of the most important elements of American freedom is the ability to reach out to our representatives in governement. Last week, Olivia and Jackson had a follow-up visit to Washington DC to see how things have changes since they were there in July. During both trips, they spoke to their congressman, Steve Israel (D-NY), a strong proponent of environmental stewardship and alternative energy, both essential to the economic growth and heathly habitat of Long Island. And by working the steps of the Capitol, they were also able to offer their support of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Act, a propsal to protect important habitat along the path of migration for many important birds who travel from South America through Central America to North America, and back again. Due to deforestation, pollution, and climate change, their population numbers are decreasing at an alarming rate. Birds like the wood thrush and the red knot could become extinct in our generation. As the Indian proverb goes, we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. Wouldn't it be a crime to leave them without songbirds?

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