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Summer Dreams

Collage: old TVs with images of nostalgic cartoons, books, and movies

Every environmentally-inclined person has some book, show, or movie that sparked their awareness of nature. FernGully turned whole generations against the logging industry; The Giving Tree fostered a widespread empathy for arboreal beings; Captain Planet made people want to stop the world from turning into a giant garbage pile. But as we get older, the line between fiction and reality can become blurry. Are we fighting to restore the natural balance of things, or simply seeking to recreate our childhood fantasies?

This weeklong series examines the lessons we learned from the nature-filled stories we loved as children or teens, and examines how we grew to understand them as more complex as adults.

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