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Friday Links: What does a billion trees look like? Giant inflatable rats and Happy 100th Rachel Carson

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The United Nations Environment Programme is announcing a program that would see a billion trees planted in 2007. We’re not sure how feasible that is, really. As of this blog post UNEP had planted just over 14 million trees. It’s almost June!
New York City union activists have enlisted an ally in their fight for labour rights…. a giant 12-foot tall inflatable rat (let’s call him Larry). Larry has been around since 2002 but we think it’s about time that some of our unions use him. CAW, CUPE, what do you think?
Americans (or at least New Yorkers) discover poutine. Sadly they still haven’t learnt how to spell “quebeqois.” Also, “embarassing but adored” is how we describe the Barenaked Ladies.
Finally the Environmental Protection Agency runs an intergenerational contest celebrating the centenary of Rachel Carson’s birth.
The EPA writes:

Ms. Carson wrote that she would endow every child with “a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.” However, “if a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”

Sadly the contest is only open to Americans. But the thought is something that all of us can take away.
Photo of giant rat from Flickr.

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