MISSION OF LAST TREE LAWS
Our mission is to support a natural world protected from ignorance and systemic, chemical, and technological threats, realizing for all environmental health, liberty, and the opportunity for happiness.
Use our status as a ballot measure organization to support and put forward legislation to establish and protect environmental health.
We've posted resources and information freely to educate, and will continue in hopes that you will act and lead on these issues independently. We hope a swarm of independent actions will disrupt industry manipulations.
Officially, the leadership is as follows:
Kirstin Beatty, director and ballot measure co-chair, who became active after becoming ill from wireless exposures. Kirstin works on writing, content, legislation, and research for Last Tree Laws as a volunteer. She has a website, Beatty.fyi, with further writings, educational materials, and an option for patronage. Her Twitter tag is @BeattyKirstin.
Tatiana Cheeks, ballot measure co-chair, was successful in initiating and working with Science for the People for greater accountability to prevent mold in housing. Tatiana is also a long-time volunteer with Springfield-based ARISE, which focuses on the rights of the poor such as access to safe environment and housing.
Anonymous is the webmaster, who prefers to remain anonymous!
We're focused on legislative avenues for change. Last Tree Laws formed as a Massachusetts ballot measure committee to put forward popular legislation that state legislators will not put forward for a vote.
Reducing wireless exposures has been another point of focus. Kirstin has drafted original legislative solutions, such as to eliminate a PreK-12 public school screen time mandate or to register cell towers.
Other work includes:
- Analyzing Massachusetts laws & conflicts;
- Researching & synthesizing relevant information;
- Freely sharing information neatly online;
- Organizing educational events;
- Stop 5G MA ordinance development;
- Ballot measure development.
We are behind on working on a Massachusetts ballot measure, since there have been many technological problems with email and the website besides other demands on time. Therefore, we can't be specific as yet as we do not want to share until greater certainty exists.
We have not settled on a final topic or draft of legislation, despite having several options. We simply are interested in choosing a broadly popular topic that the state legislature would not likely pass due to industry opposition.
Although we are working on legislation to limit wireless exposures, this is not a topic that would be easy to pass with a ballot measure. Instead, the topic of the ballot measure will likely relate to a popular topic such as constraining corruption.
Please check back!
Our fight for technology regulations isn't just about the environment or technology, but social justice.
A lot of legislation out there provides special favors and business opportunities for a few - instead, we favor legislation that helps everyone and avoids promotion of products, individuals, or businesses. Addressing societal problems should not be an exclusive business opportunity or require payment for knowledge or safety.
Locally, technology needs to be regulated in areas such as:
▪ developing safer, accessible technologies;
▪ limiting toxic chemicals & managing waste;
▪ limits on digital marketing & excess screen time;
▪ protecting digital privacy;
▪ protecting public education & curriculum;
▪ alternatives, such as eco-friendly jobs and entertainment;
▪ reducing electromagnetic emissions (wireless and electric exposures);
▪ acknowledge hubris and ignorance (e.g. genetic and nano engineering outcomes)
▪ limiting resource consumption (mining, scarcity);
▪ limits on automation (education, jobs, life);
▪ protecting quality of life and democracy in Massachusetts and globally;
▪ preventing monopoly, and
▪ preventing poverty.
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WHAT’S IN A NAME? THE MEANING OF LAST TREE LAWS
Last Tree Laws was chosen as it represents the importance of saving the environment and humanity before the last tree falls by working to change laws and develop legislation.
The Lorax is a children’s book written by Dr. Seuss which neatly explains the significance of the last tree to humanity. In the story, the Lorax is a little creature that speaks on behalf of trees, even as the Once-ler ignores him and continues to cut down the trees for profits until not a tree is left but for a seed. The seed is all that is left behind in a world that is now dark, sad, and dreary from pollution, where before it was lush and bright from trees and sunlight. A child is given the seed, and told that nothing will get better unless “Someone like you cares a whole awful lot.”
This story is significant because it represents how the choices of our society, from businesses to consumers and children, determine our path and create our environment. In this story, the passion and resourcefulness of a child can decide the future.
A second meaning behind the name is given in the saying that, “When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that we cannot eat money.” This points to the risks of starvation and death when our connection to the environment is ignored and sensible protections swept away by the illusions of greed. The illusion of economic wealth versus true wealth is key. Destroying Truffula trees leaves the Once-ler with a lonely future, pollution, and poverty. True wealth is in clean water, soil, plants, and sunlight, all of which as necessary to our life as air. Caring for our environment allows sustenance and beauty to coexist.