Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bucky Fuller and Earth Day

From Allan Keith:

It might be of interest to mention that R. Buckminster Fuller spoke at
SIUC on the eve of the first Earth Day, which was on April 22, 1970.

I mention this speech in my little book, "SIUC's Days of Dissent: A
Memoir of Student Protest."

I attended the speech by Bucky Fuller. He spoke on April 21, 1970 to an
enthusiastic crowd of 500 people in the University School gymnasium.

I remember that the diminutive Mr. Fuller stood on a chair as he spoke
for about two hours.

The focus of the speech was a common theme for Fuller -- the urgent need
for massive and technologically sophisticated forms of recycling. He
said that pollution could be greatly reduced if mankind could recycle
its wastes,

Discharges from smokestacks and
a variety of other wastes, he said, could be transformed into "valuable
energy" and valuable resources.

Allan H. Keith

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