I was delighted and plum tickled to see a presentation by City of St. Augustine staff at the October 11, 2021 meeting about preserving and protecting bird populations on an island in our Bay, including means of supporting, encouraging and defending the oyster catcher and other bird populations. How cool is that? Our Nation's Oldest City has gone from being.a criminal polluter to an environmental leader. Thank you, Commissioners and City Manager John Regan. Meanwhile, I am delighted to learn that as of August 31, 2021, the snail darter is no longer endangered. It survived the worst efforts of TVA Chair Aubrey J. "Red" Wagner, TVA General Manager R. Lynn Seeber, U.S. Senator Howard Henry Baker, Jr., et al. to destroy the snail darter with the farmland-destroying unnecessary Tellico Dam on the Little Tennessee River. One of my oldest political t-shirts is from 1977, stating "Save the Snail Darter," with a shark labeled "TVA" swimming up for the kill. It turns out TVA finally helped save the snail darter, relocating it and adjusting oxygen levels! (See below). The lesson is that if even TVA and the City of St. Augustine can learn and grow an environmental consciousness, there's hope for all of us on this frail planet. For as JFK said at American University in June 1963, addressing the Cold War but anticipating environmental justice:"we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."
From The New York Times: