than four score
and seven years ago Thoreau looked beyond what our fathers had
brought forth on this continent and asks a transcendent question:
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet
to put it on? A growing number of people see that the planet
is less and less tolerable because its beauty -- and let 'beauty'
epitomize all the things that make an environment excellent and
the earth a rewarding place to live upon -- is being lost more
and more rapidly. A slow growing number of politicians see that
there will be no politics at all on a planet that becomes to
degraded to support people any longer.