I know you have a countdown for Earth Day. This year it’s on a Sunday (it’s always April 22nd). Anyways, you may be wondering why I’m discussing it on our Technologies of Texts blog. Well, although the digital world coincides with some green motives (saving paper, etc.), I actually came across Thoreau’s history when I was researching some things about Earth Day.
When we Skyped Jeffrey S. Cramer a while back, I thought of asking, “What do all of you do there? I mean, it’s only one man. How much is there to study, publish, and research?” But I figured I could look into it myself, which is what I did. I was interested in what the people at Walden Woods Project and the Thoreau Institute actually did with their time. Other than giving tours and utilizing their ability to talk and think (like good Thoreau students do) about Thoreau all day, what kinds of things do they actually produce or do that would motivate people to fund this institute?
As Cramer discussed, they publish and break down new editions of Thoreau’s works, journals… pretty much everything. Needless to say, that takes up a lot of time and effort. Not only do they acknowledge Thoreau’s skill and work as an author, they admire Thoreau’s naturalist side by protecting nearly 80 percent of Walden Woods today with the help of other conservation organizations. There’s a cool map that describes the work that they do with the Massachusetts DOC preserving the land that Thoreau was also passionate about.
A cool group that I thought was connected, (but turns out is not directly connected) is the Thoreau Center for Sustainability. They have a twitter with some cool green tips if you’re interested in following as well.
Well, Thoreau lived long before the first Earth Day in 1970, but I just thought I’d share some of my findings as I thought it was cool to connect what we learned about Thoreau to some of my passions. I know that many people enjoy Thoreau’s works, but I thought that his impact that he still makes on people, creating jobs for them, inspiring them to improve and preserve the land, live their lives completely differently is even more amazing than any piece of writing.