Monday, June 16, 2014

Trees for India, Wildfires for America

(WPA artist Maurice Merlin created this poster in Michigan, between 1941 and 1943. For an interesting biography of Merlin, click here. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.)

India is considering hiring some of its unemployed youth to plant 2 billion trees. Meanwhile, here in America, Congress has been working hard to protect the fortunes of the rich by cutting funding for wildfire prevention (even as we're experiencing record-setting wildfires and drought). If you're a tree, your prospects might be better in India.

During the New Deal era, the Civilian Conservation Corps planted about 3 billion trees.

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