Going Green
volume 8, issue 1


“Never doubt
that a small
group of thoughtful, committed
citizens can change
the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

— Margaret Mead


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From the Editor



Going Green PublicationsI spend time outdoors nearly every day, but that wasn’t always true.

This summer I spent a few weeks in Washington, D.C.
I took the time to explore some of the nature sites I’d never quite made the time to see in the years I lived and worked in the D.C. area. Evidently I’d driven past or even through many wonderful nature settings for years without stopping to experience them on foot. Or even to wonder about the how things get their names. This trip, I stopped. I drove to Rock Creek Park, got out of the car, and took long walks along the trails.

There’s a creek. With rocks.

I also happened to be in Washington at the time of Pope Francis’ visit to address a joint session of Congress. I had read the Pope’s June encyclical online the night before. (I recommend it to everyone—a link to finding it online appears on page 13 of this issue.) Rather than watch his address on TV I took the Metro down to the National Mall (a national park I have visited often). I wasn’t prepared for how moved I would be, to be surrounded by representatives of so many environmental groups—global groups, national organizations, and young D.C. area students working to bring healthy food into their own community. We all watched the address on large screens placed on the Mall, together. It was memorable.


—Valerie L. Robertson


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