A 4th of July Roundup
It's that day of the year that we haul out the stories of how unhealthy barbecues are and how dangerous and polluting fireworks are and every year get accused of being wet blankets or worse. Or as one reader noted about me last year during my annual fireworks complaint, "I would argue that being a crybaby, fraiddy cat pansie panted p****y on every possible subject get's old."
How an Elm Tree Helped Win America's Independence
So this year let's be positive, with Stephen's uplifting story about how treehuggers were part of the revolution: How an Elm Tree Helped Win America's Independence.
...as pre-revolution angst grew, the Liberty Tree continued to be used as a gathering point for dissenters in Boston, until the tree itself became symbolic of their struggle. Inspired by that humble tree which had become emblematic of freedom, new Liberty Trees came to be designated across the original colonies as places for early advocates of independence to meet. Indeed, the revolutionary ideals of those in attendance at such gatherings, like Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Patrick Henry, were very likely born in the shade of an elm.
7 Cocktail Recipes Inspired by Victory Gardens for the Fourth of July
© Jerry James Stone
Jerry James Stone does not share my view of exploding things. He writes:
I'm not supposed to admit this but I love fireworks. I know they are evil, as is everything else that is fun to do, but I love them. And for that reason, the Fourth of July was one of my favorite holidays growing up.
He celebrates by making fruity cocktails that celebrate the garden. More in TreeHugger
Ten Ways to Avoid Carbon from Barbecues This 4th of July
No, we are not saying don't barbecue and don't eat meat today. It's a holiday. "Don't toss out the Smokey Joe along with the farmed shrimp just yet. Here are ten steps to greener grilling with lower or no carcinogenic risk:"
35 Inspiring recipes for 4th of July, from cocktails to mains to desserts
From raspberry serrano sangria to watermelon gazpacho, from grilled vegetable salads to grilled fruit and cheese platters, we have amazing recipes for you to try for the summer holiday. And that includes desserts! More in TreeHugger
In Addition to Their "Regular" Poison, Fireworks are Extra-Dangerous This Year
Ok, I couldn't help myself.
TreeHuggers are nothing if not predictable, and every 4th of July we trot out the usual post complaining about fireworks. Where do we start? With the perchlorates in the propellant that are contaminating lakes and can cause hyperthyroidism? How about the particulates that can trigger asthma? How about the strontium, barium, copper, antimony and arsenic?