Pete Seeger, environmental and political activist, 1919-2014

Pete Seeger
CC BY 2.0 Anthony Pepitone via Wikipedia

Folksinger Pete Seeger was the musical voice of the anti-nuclear movement in the fifties, the anti-war movement in the sixties, a strong voice in support of the civil rights movement. But he was also an environmentalist, a founder of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a boat and organization dedicated to cleaning up the Hudson River.

clearwater© Clearwater

The 106-foot-long sailboat, Clearwater, was built to conduct science-based environmental education aboard the sailing ship. Clearwater has education programs with many colleges and institutions, including SUNY New Paltz, and Pace University. The sail ship has become recognized for its role in the environmental movement. The Clearwater Festival brings Hudson Valley residents together to enjoy music, their cultural heritage, and support a cause.

He was also an urbanist, popularizing the great anti-sprawl, anti-conformist anthem, Little Boxes.

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

Pete Seeger, dead at 94.

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