Earth Day in History: Comparing the Environmental Revolution to the French Revolution

NOTE: This is an excerpt from Byron Kennard’s just published book written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970:
YOU CAN’T FOOL MOTHER NATURE: The Once and Future Triumph of Environmentalism
 
The book is now available in paperback & ebook at Amazon

Everyone knows the French national motto, ‘n’est-ce pas’? Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité? Well, I think it needs updating, and so I’ve taken the liberté of doing so

 
The French Revolution abolished the old regime’s legal structure, which was grounded in inequality before the law. For centuries there had been two different sets of laws in France, one for nobles and another for peasants. 
 
For instance, it was illegal for peasants to hunt or fish. They couldn’t even hunt the rabbits or birds that were eating their crops. This game was protected for the nobility’s hunting expeditions. It was even illegal for peasants to cut down a tree to get fire wood. A peasant caught doing so was punished with death.  
 
Doesn’t this sound like a system that deserved to be violently overthrown? Well, mon ami, it was! The Declaration of the Rights of Man made all citizens equal before the law, a throughly radical proposition in those days. 
 
Three Cheers for Liberté, Égalité, Diversité.
 
This is where the environmental revolution goes the French revolution one better. In its way, the environmental revolution grabbed this French revolutionary ball and ran with it. It proclaimed the equality of all life forms before the law. Thanks to the environmental revolution, animals have rights; trees have rights. 
 
Nature’s loving embrace of diversity in all its forms provides the strongest possible justification for civil rights and liberties for all people. It is Mother Nature ’s rebuke to oppression, inequality, and bigotry. 

The book is now available in paperback & ebook at Amazon

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1 Comment

  1. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to chop the heads off of the reigning elite. Maybe next time.

    From: Byron Kennard’s Capers <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Byron Kennard’s Capers <comment+e1mm8-1qw_68d3ij9uvf1jfm@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 12:48 PM To: “John R. Hunting” <jhunting@msn.com> Subject: [New post] Earth Day in History: Comparing the Environmental Revolution to the French Revolution

    byronkennardblog posted: ” NOTE: This is an excerpt from Byron Kennard’s just published book written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in 1970: YOU CAN’T FOOL MOTHER NATURE: The Once and Future Triumph of Environmentalism The book is now available in p”

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