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.
The following individuals, in addition to members, help organize Last Tree Laws:
Kirstin taught 6-12 English until she became very ill and sensitive to wireless. Since then, Kirstin has educated, organized lobbying, & written legislation – original, first-in-the-nation legislation on screens in schools or attention to wireless and medical care . She has new website.
Tatiana has been working on with awareness in Springfield, as well as for housing safety, mold awareness, and other issues. She also works with Arise for Social Justice and Science for the People.
Anon is a freelancer volunteering to assist Last Tree Laws – she is very busy. She is concerned about poor electromagnetic regulation and protections. However, she respectfully requests anonymity.
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.