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#EarthDay Matters

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Today is Earth Day. Established in 1970 and paid tribute to in some way each year since, never before has it seemed as important as now. For the first time, scientists are banding together to “March for Science” on Earth Day. One wonders how, in the year 2017, we got to a place where scientists feel threatened, but that’s another post.

Today, as I see pictures of people gathering around the country and the globe, I can’t help but think of the little book series I’ve been working on since 2010. Two days ago I returned from a week in the woods spent working on the final book of the series.

In Seed Savers, ordinary people have lost their right to garden. They’ve lost access to real food; instead, the government takes care of everyone with their highly efficient, manufactured Food Groups. The EPA has ceased to exist as corporate agriculture and government have merged. Communication in the new technological age is restricted in order to keep people safe.

But the resistance is growing. In the fourth book, Keeper, what begin as Earth Day rallies, soon turn into protests about the food laws. State governments are beginning to pass their own bills allowing the freedom to plant gardens. A sleeping public is demanding more.

I hope, in fact, that the future in my books never takes place. I hope we all stand up and make our voices heard before it’s too late.

There are a lot of things that constitute earth care. The water, the trees, the atmosphere, the soil. My thing happens to be our food supply. So if you can, get out there and garden. Garden like you mean it.

HAPPY EARTH DAY 2017! I think our planet is great. 🙂

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S. Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series, Seed Savers. Visit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on Twitter. Sign up for the newsletter!

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