Thursday, July 3, 2008

Environmental groups leave mess of trash in national parks

There's an interesting story over at NPR on the environmental group the Rainbow Family, which continually leaves masses of trash after their annual gatherings at the nation's national parks:

This morning on the BPP, we spoke to a U.S. Forest Service official who's in charge of monitoring the yearly festival of the Rainbow Family, an anti-establishment, pro-environmental group.

"I don't think we question their love of the land, which is very similar to ours," said John Twiss, our guest from the Forest Service. "I think what we question the most is the way they gather."

Twiss says the group leaves large amounts of trash and bring other problems you'd expect from gatherings of thousands and thousands of people on remote federal lands.

The Rainbow Family's own website puts it this way: "Some say we're the largest non-organization of non-members in the world. We have no leaders, and no organization."

Like alot of these festivals inspired by lefty politics, I would gather the bulk of attendees are late teens to twenty somethings who have tagged along in order to bake their brains on pot and have meaningless sex with strangers. They're likely far more concerned with pleasuring themselves than what their carbon footprint is.

If you follow the link to the story, you'll find pictures of thousands of cars, which look like they include some (gasp) SUVs, parked by Rainbow Family members and a large trail that has been made in fields of grass by members of the Rainbow Family. No matter how much they may say they care about the environment, if the Rainbow Family is disturbing the area they should be barred from doing so. We pay for National Parks in order to preserve nature, not to be a giant concert venue.

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