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Ron Howard, director of A Beautiful Mind and many
other films,made his first film at age 8.. an anti
mowing film which showed the nature of mowers' attacks
on lawns.

In 2003 through now, the world has seen floods,
famine, fire, mudslides, hurricanes, tornados and
other disasters created by the unprecedented
destruction of trees around the world. Trees are
nature's weather stabilizers. We need trillions of
trees.. new trees.



http://www.epa.gov/greenacres http://www.nrdc.org/(not
in the order of importance)In the last few years the
EPA has joined theenvironmental groups promoting
nonmowing. Their site is http://www.epa.gov/ .. type
in 'natural landscaping' in search tobring upmany
sites. The Green Party http://www.greens.org/ and many
Libertarians also support nonmowing. In June of 2002,
NPR reported that the Congressional Black Caucus has a
better record than either white Democrats or white
Republicans in environmental issues.
1. REFORESTATION When one stops mowing, land becomes
meadow and then thicket and then woods. reforesting
the world.

2. OXYGEN CREATION This extra greenery creates oxygen.
The average tree creates 5 pounds of oxygen daily.

3. AIR PURIFICATION More greenery purifies the air
through leaf filtration a.particulate matter b. car
fumes c. noxious gases d. other airborn toxins.
Removal of carbon dioxide by plants ameliorates
pollution. Benzopyrene is created not
only by charcoal broiling of animal flesh and by
cigarette smoking but by the
mower and car.

4. TEMPERATURE STABILIZATION Warms the world's winters
and cools the summers. There is a 50 degree difference
between 70 degree equatorial rainforest and 120 degree
desert. Each blade of grass is a little air
conditioner. A world without drought, flood, famine,
freezes, and killer heat can be eliminated by
literally covering the world with trees.

5. RAIN INVOCATION Greenery calls down rain. Bayard
Webster of the NY Times wrote that each mature tree
evaporates 40 gallons of moisture daily (much greater
amounts for older trees.) All greenery is involved in
the raincycle.The drought and consequent starvation in
N. Korea was related to the cutting of nearly all
trees for fuel.

6. DEW PRESERVATION More plants preserve dew. Not only
do greenspires and leaves act as masts around which
dew can gather, but the more greenery the longer the
dew lasts.

7. NOISE BUFFER Leaf volume weaves a noise buffer
which screens out unpleasant traffic
Ends the peace-fracturing sound of the lawnmower. Some
communities have noise ordinances which prevent mowing
during normal sleeping hours.
Multiplies the beauty of diversity
Multiplies the fragrance in the air.
11. HEALING GREEN Nonmowing creates optical healing
bycreating more greenery. Research has proven that
looking on the jadeand forest greens reduces heartbeat
and creates peace.
12. LANDFILL ECONOMY Letting lawns grow wild reduces
pressure onlandfills..by not adding leaves to
overburdenedsystems (and saves the fuel and wages of
collectionreleasing workers for the labor of their
hearts). (NPR Sept 1:methanegases leach from landfill
through water into basements) As the worldevolves away
from treekilling, sawdust piles which are a
byproductof the lumber industry will be removed,
making the earth safer forchildren.
13. FUEL CONSERVATION Conserves fuel a. unused
inunused mowersb. As evergreen trees break cold winter
winds andshroud dwellings they are natural insulation.
14. HYDROCARBON REDUCTION Prevents hydrocarbon
moweremission from polluting the air. Many media
outlets are passing ontheEPA recommendation that lawns
not bemowed when there is great humidity and heat.
Hydrocarbons createozonealerts.
15. CARBON DIOXIDE Greenery which takes in
carbondioxide and breathes out oxygen reduces gases
toxic to humans.
15a. METHANE petroleum and toxic gases are purified by
leaf action.
16. TORNADO PREVENTION Unstable heat is the mainfactor
in tornados. Greenery which reduces the temperature 30
degreesin forest areas prevents tornados.
17. MUDSLIDE PREVENTION: The roots of living
plantsabsorb great amounts of water and prevent
18. FLOOD PREVENTION:A. On river banks and everywhere,
tree, plant, bush,and vine roots are flood preventers.
As David Kidd of Canton, planterofmore than a million
trees has stated, the bigger and older the treethemore
work it does. (The 900 year old oaks with their huge
diametersare a lot more precious to Mother Earth than
skinny young trees. http://www.freetree.org/ B. Ohio
Public Radio David C. Barnett Sept 9th: reported on
reductionof impervious surface by reducing concrete
and addinggreenery. (The hard asphalt, concrete, and
rooftops create morerunoff and flooding.) C. Bricks
and stones in roads are better for theenvironment than
are concrete and asphalt. They allow rain through the
inter-brick space and have less blistering heat. Angel
strips not devilstrips (Planting grape trellises over
highways re-greens theearth and creates food.)
19. PREVENT DESERTIFICATION Only reforestation
canprevent desertification. This is the conclusion of
Patrick Velasquezof US Agency For International
Development and most other environmentalists. We used
to think a pine cone was one seed, but apparently it
is hundreds.
20. REDUCE CHEMICAL POLLUTION: Radio network show
Public Interest October 7 featuring Rodale author:
Chemically treated lawns are grass high on drugs.:
Fertilizer has toxic byproducts forthe land and water.
Rodale, Emmaus Pennsylvania, USA 18049 is oneleader in
the organic movement.
Green island sanctuaries of unmolested plants,insects,
and wildlife are a protection against the
biotechmanipulationsof the environment.
22. WATERSHED PROTECTION The more greenery, plants,
vines, trees, and bushes..the more the watershed,
reservoirs, and lakes and ponds, brooks andstreams are
protected.a. Arsenic is a byproduct of the pressed
woodindustry. Arsenic is poisonous in the waters, and
likeother industrial pollutants such as mercury,
chromiumand polychlorinated biphenols is concentrated
in the flesh of fishes. http://www.nofishing.net/
http://www.pcrm.org/ http://www.ivu.org/
23. BIODIVERSITY Nonmowing or letting God be the
landscaper createsbiodiversity and its many benefits
(and benefirs) rather thanmonoculture. (Loggers last
year caused the death of David Chain,Earth First tree
activist. Write [EMAIL PROTECTED] or call 707 923 2114Andy
24. FIRE PREVENTION In March of 2001, widescale
drought in the NW had been reported. Destruction of
greenery is one cause of this. Trees'evaporation is
necessary in cloud formation. Fires have
destroyed untold tens of thousands
of square miles of green beings
and resident animals.
Fruit and nut trees with grape and
bean vines spaced among the trees
can yield 450,000 lbs. per acre. Ted
Steinberg writes that in the US
alone an area the size of Florida
is devoted to unproductive lawns.
26. WATER CONSERVATION: Unmowed areas do not need
watering.. they are self contained systems. Nor do
they need recycling. Most lawns
are watered for growth
and then the growth is cut and
enthusiastspollutethe environment with insecticides in
some cases.

II HUMAN RIGHTS: (Numbers 19 through 42)

giving a cornucopia of free food to the planet
Orchards are 450times as productive per acre as
slaughterhouses..Dr. Faust,former chief of the USDA
Fruit Labs, cited centenarian orchards ofapple trees
dropping two tons each of food. This is 400,000 lbs
peracreas compared to 100 to 1000 lbs of food for
meat, 10,000 lbs fordairy, 80,000 lbs. for acre. The
400 to l ratio is only the firststep. Trilevel
agriculture.. with bean and other vines around thetree
trunks and other foodyielding plants in the
interarborealspaces.. yield even more. This also can
be multiplied by those areaswhich have 2 or 3 growing
seasons..e.g. Southern California. Becausecertain
economic systems promote scarcity based profit, these
orchardsystems have been deemphasized.
U.S. alone, 75,000 accidents and some fatalities
annually caused bymowers and harvesters, and around
the world millions of accidentseliminated. NPR
reported May 17, 2002 that tractor rollovers are the
leading cause of death among farmers, and that farming
in general is the 2nd most hazardous occupation (after
commercial fishing).
2b. Ravines are generally more protected from
mowing,as there is wider recognition of the danger of
2c. When grass is mowed on hillsides, when wet
orexceedingly dry it can cause slipping accidents.
2d, There have even been drownings
from lawnmower accidents as teens
and adults drop into unseen septic
2e. One of every 5 lawnmower or
machine harvester deaths, says
the Consumer Product Safety
Commissions, involves a child. Lawnmowers cause death
through laceration and
amputation, through drowning as rideon mowers tip
people into lakes, through burns,
through projectile rocks, stones, metal shot out by a
3.5 lb. blade rotating at 4000 revolutions
per minute etc. (the last sentence is from American
Green by Ted Steinberg)
3. PREVENTION OF HEART ATTACKS As non shoveling ofsnow
can prevent winter heart attacks nonmowing can
sometimespreventsummer heart attacks.
4. FREEDOM Health departments are reducing the
forcedcrewcutting of lawns and the rending ofMother
Nature's garments . See below for further info.
5. EMPTY JAILS Saves money otherwise spent on jailing
people (seeabove)
6. PRIVACY Creates a privacy screen. Ways to
avoidgrass (a transitional plant unless land is
constantly mowed) includea. pachysandra b. myrtle and
other ground cover c. grape vinetrellises d. evergreen
trees and shrubs as natural fences e.berry bushes as
natural boundaries.
7. HERBAL REMEDIES Nonmowing allows healing extracts
and seeds to flourish, e.g. milkthistle seeds, which
regenerate cirrhosis-afflicted livers. The active
ingredient is silymarin. (Herbology
[EMAIL PROTECTED] is a non mower) Work against those
who seek to patentthe world's pre-existing seeds.
http://www.purefood.org/ (see Monsantofile.)
8. KEEPS WASPS FRIENDLY prevents wasp stings and
hiveattacks as their homes are destroyed.
9. ECONOMICS a. saves money otherwise spent on fuel b.
Saves money otherwise spent on young trees.c. Fruit
trees ave money spent on food.
Seth Godin says 17 billion a year
is spent on this waste.
10. TIME ECONOMY frees human time hours for
enjoyablepriorities a. no petroleum procurement time,
no mowing time, no rakingtime.
11. AMERICAN HERITAGE: The Native American
culturenever spent time mowing Mother Earth. Her green
cover is her garment.Lawn mowing is a fairly recent
thing. The original lawn mowers weresheep and other
animals later slaughtered for their flesh. The
TimeLifeGardening Yearbook mentions the 'chipped
monotypiclayer of bluegrass', the crewcut which is
called alawn. Other ecologists speak about the hazards
of monoculture.
12. FREE CONCERTS Cicadas and crickets will give
freeconcerts, as will woodpeckers, songbirds whose
habitats are restored.Fireflies will put on silent
fireworks. Buttercupswill save chalices of dew for
butterflies who in turn will coolthe earth with the
slight breeze from their fanning wings.
13. WEED KILLER OR HERBICIDE use (Diane Rehm Show
Sept1) causes childhood and other environmental
pollutant basedcancers. Some leaches into the water
system. Some is directly smearedonto skin.
weredeveloped as weapons in WW 2. At the end of the
war, chemicalcompanies wanted new markets. These
insecticides cause cancer. (NPRSept 1) Animal products
concentrate insecticides at 21 times theintensity they
occur in fruits and vegetables, since a 1000 lb.cow
ate 21,000 lbs. of food with nondegradable
insecticides remainingin the muscle cells.
While the chief physical cause of asthma
is the mucus lining in the respiratory
tract created by meat, fish and dairy
products and the prime spiritual
cause is fear or emotional stress,
land allowed to grow gradually
into fields and then thickets and
finally woods provides less pollen.
16. HEALING: Studies of recovering gall bladder
patients reveal that those looking on a garden heal
faster than those not. (BJ 6 6 2000) There are now
herbal therapists at Univ of Kansas, Rutgers, Texas
A&M, and Virginia Tech. Those who look on living green
have reduced blood pressure. The plant yarrow makes
children in its proximity less agressive within a few
moments. An ancient vedic parable says that to be
healed one should look upongreen. Rather than paint
the world that color, a sage says'put on green
glasses'. (The best green glasses are living in an
environment of green.)
(Plant rights advocates to not support
the killing of plants for herbs.)
There has been at least one shooting
caused by an irate reaction to
the noise of the lawnmower.
(Above are reasons 19 through 36)
Is it a form of control freakdom
to want to mow down what God
Countless fights have been caused when someone's mower
cuts down
his neighbor's flowers or shrubs.
20. HERBICIDES used by ChemLawn
and other lawn treatment companies
are poisoning the earth's waters,
causing cancer deaths to people,
animals, fishes, and plants.
21. BOREDOM Lawns are boring.
condemning them
to a. dangerous work b. in inclement weather c.
monotonous work (from the book
American Green by Ted Steinberg)
unionbusting which harms
the labor movement. http://www.ufw.org
24. CHILD ABUSE The high rate of emergency room visits
with some fatalities
for children caused the city of Louisville Kentucky a
while ago to pass an ordinance
that no one under 18 could mow a lawn with a power
motor. http://www.pcrm.org



1. WILDLIFE HABITAT Reprovides a home for
wildlife,both those not endangered and those which
are.Keeps birds from flying away when the power motors
are started.
2 ANIMAL RIGHTS Protects insects, redwinged
blackbirdsand other living creatures nesting in ground
cover, and preventsthe mastication deaths of millions
of small fieldanimals chewed up in harvesters..
(Sometimes the tiny feet of theseanimals can be seen
in cans of food.) In Numbers 22, God causes a donkey
to speak about the beatings of her human 'owner'.Along
Lake Michigan in parts of Chicago are new signs
indicating not mowing is done to give birds long
grasses in which to nest.
leaves food for squirrels and other wildlife during
the winter as well as providing new sapling oaks in
the spring. Not removing leaves provides more thermal
shelter for northern animals.
AREAS...............James Marcus: Dandelions: they
must be God's favorite flower for He plants them


1 PLANTS' RIGHTS Protect the rights of sentient plants
whose feelingshave been documented by Dr. Chandra
Bose, knighted by theQueen of England for his
laboratory measurement of plantconsciousness. Other
scientists who have proven or written of
plantconsciousness ares are Clive Baxter, Luther
Burbank, The Secret Life Of Plants writers,, the owner
to whose rights, Isaac Tigrett, sold all the Hard Rock
Cafes he founded after becoming a vegetarian.
Pachysandra, myrtle, snow on themountain,and camomile
are some ground covers which do not offend
moreconservative neighbors.
2: WILDFLOWER SANCTUARY Those like Lady Bird
Johnsonwho have worked to foster protection of
wildflowers know thenecessityof more wild places.
3: ENDING BOTANICAL RACISM E.Woodford is the first
person who has spoken of botanical racism. This phrase
means different things to different people. To us it
means that weeds have as much right to exist as do
plants with cultivated blooms.The spirit-filled
volunteers called weeds are usually stronger, more and
more prolific than cultivated plants.
1. Mother Earth blesses those who abandon controlling
and manipulating her.
2. God does not like lawnmowers. (Joel 1: The land
mourns the destruction of plants.) (Isaiah: Break not
the bruised reed.)
3. George Bernard Shaw: I love little children, but I
don't cutoff their heads and stick them in vases.IF
AT [EMAIL PROTECTED] There is no financial, action,
orother obligation. In an editorial on March 19, 1977,
the WashingtonPosteditorialized:"the tall grass can
only benefit the citizens who seekthe beauty of Rock
Creek Park". That year the NationalPark Service
instituted a 'meadows' program to let some areasreturn
to nature. The Post mentioned the federal court
casevictory of an Akron citizen who fought the city's
compulsorylawnmowing ordinance. "Nature is ready to
cooperate.Some citizen cooperation is next." In
addition the Post's RichardCohen reported on a lawn
mowed by a guinea pig named Bijou.Phil Shenon of the
New York Times has covered no-mow activistssuch as
Alice Herrington, then president of Friends ofAnimals.
The BBC, NPR, and Australian Broadcasting are
someinternational networks which have covered
theadvantages of nonmowing. The Los Angeles Times also
editorialized infavor of not mowing. The Atlanta
Constitution outlined reasonsnot to mow in an article
by Lewis Regenstein. Omni Magazine, TheChristian
Science Monitor, Organic Gardening, AnitaManning of
USA Today, Vegetarian Times, OMNI magazine,
Germannewspapers, and many other publications have
promotedthe idea of nonmowing.Patrick Velasquez of the
US Agency For InternationalDevelopment studied
Senegalese forest. He said the cost ofplanting other
country exotics there was $25 to $50 per tree,with 19%
survival rate whereas natural regeneration (which
occursfromnonmowing) is free. The USDA in 1998 has
signed onto the NationalWildlife Federation's Backyard
Conservation plan.. whichencourages people to let the
area behind their homes grow wild forthesake of the
environment.Even these corporate media and hunting
promotiongroups are promoting the environment. 'Corn
on the curb' is anincreasingly visible thing.

(poster apologizes that this article is not more
in reference)
The Spanish poet Lorca,assassinated byFranco:"They cut
timber and lioness teats as easily as if they were
bakingbread". Sterling North: We are but the ephemera
of the moment,the brief custodians of redwoods which
were ancient when Christ wasborn. Recently the
governor of one of the largest states in
thecountrypromised to plant l million trees in his
state andsaid that trees, do indeed, call down rain.
(Those areas with themostdevastation this winter from
icestorms, mudslides, flood and tornadowere for the
most part places which had cut downtens of thousands
of trees in the last 20 years.). The Nicaraguan
Network Environmental Task Forcecalls on
multinationals to stop devastating Atlantic forests..
linkedtoHurricane Mitch-The bombing of Afghanistan has
been a factor in the drought..as trees which invoke
rain were destroyed and river coursesaltered. Napalm
burned the trees of Vietnam. At presentherbicides are
being dropped in Colombia and Ecuador borders.Richard
St Barbe Baker convinced Franklin Roosevelt, US
president, toplant billions of trees.Garrison Kieler
of Prairie Home Companion recently wrote a pieceabout
a family which had decided not to mow.Other sites:
city of Takoma Park, Maryland is one of many
communitiesor countries which prohibit the cutting of
trees of a certainage without a permit. India,
Thailand .. which has bannedall lumber.. the UK are
some tree respecting countries.)-

is the area of most heat and light, theequator, only
70 degrees in equatorial rainforest and 130 degrees
intemperate zone desert? Trillions of Trees. Trees as
nature's weatherstabilizers, trees, accounting for a
60 degree difference betweenrainforest on the equator
and temperate zone desert, have been felledat an
unprecedented rate. Harming trees causes fire, flood,
famine,tornado and hurricane. 29 ways to help trees:1.
plant trees Work for city, state, country and UN tree
planting http://www.freetree.org/ 2. stop mowing
http://www.nrdc.org/These websites have files on not
mowing3. eat tree products.. fruits and nuts.. say yes
to orchard growers http://www.acorn.net/fruitarian4.
build with stone stucco brick and block not wood. You
will a.prevent termite destruction nonviolently, b
save the $,time, and environmental damage of paint, c
have natural insulationwith its energy savings, d.
prevent rotting woode. have better insulation in
summer & winter f. end thedisease related to living
near the mold from rotting wood g.reduce the arsenic
in the watersystems, flowing in from pressedwood
factories and h. have increasing rather than
decreasing equityin your home. Use natural barriers
such as bushes, or chain link, rather than wood
fencing. http://www.greenpeaceusa.org/5. cancel daily
newspaper..and magazines and newsletters printedon
felled trees, as 72% of the young have get your news
on the web http://www.protest.net/ Daily newspapers
account for trillions oftrees slaughtered annually and
most promote anti environmentcorporations.6. Print on
cotton, recycled or scrap paper in downloading7. Use a
water spray instead of toilet paper8. Buy food
naturally packaged.. nuts in nut shells,bananas
inpeels.. buy in bulk. Fruit is nature's most
perfectly packaged food.How many trees go into cereal
boxes http://www.goveg.com/meetmeat.html9. Use canvas
bags for shopping.. neither plastic nor paper
http://www.sierraclub.org/10. Stop eating meat, since
cutting forests for cattlegrazing is a major cause of
deforestation.. Animal fleshyields a maximum of 1000
lbs an acre. Tri level agriculture (fruittrees, vines
and fruit bearing plants) yields over 450,000 lbs.
peracre.) Meat's trioxypurine is more addictive than
caffein'sdioxypurine.11. Work for peace.. work for an
end to giving 10 million a dayto violent governments,
for the outlawing of membership on armsmerchant boards
by government officials (Lynne Cheney on theboard of
Lockheed which wants to keep a 70 billion dollar
planecontract) and elsewhere radically affecting
weather patterns.. work for an end to CIA, Army and
other weathermanipulation. In 1972 Seymour Hersh
reported in the NY Timesthe CIA's attempts through
cloud seeding to cause flooding in N Vietnam. [url]
12. Save fruit seeds and scatter them in wild places
http://www.ran.org The average evaporation of mature
trees is 42
gallons a day..which becomes mist, then clouds, and
then rain,
eliminating drought.
13. Buy books and greeting cards published on cotton,
rice, or other
nontree paper.
14. Purchase furniture which is used and refurbish it
or buy metal furniture with cotton padding. There are
many nontree
furniture options. The furniture, lumber, and
construction businesses
have lobbied for the cutting down of US forests,
whereas the UK, some
cities in Maryland and California require a permit to
cut down
old trees.
15. Vote out earth abusers.. Vote out the GOP which
receives 10 times the political contributions from
earth abusers
that any other party receives. Vote in
Democrats or Greens or Libertarians depending on the
http://www.greens.org http://www.democrats.org (in
some instances)
16. Avoid fast food places which deforest for their
packaging and create litter which fills dumpsites and
labor pickup http://www.vegdining.com
17. visualize sun and green trees everywhere
18. pray
19. Outlaw junk mail (as telemarketers have been).
File a form with
the main post office in your area. Return to sender.
The GOP & junk
mailers are requiring you to subsidize their
treekilling and
invasive practices as your postal rates go from 34
cents to
37 cents, an 8.1 cent inflation rate.
20. Recycle cardboard cartons at commerical
establishments. Recycle
your own scrap paper.
21. Replace the purchase of dead Christmas trees which
cause many fires annually.. with artificial trees.. or
living ones planted each year in the year. Oregon is
the biggest
Christmas tree killer with 7 billion a year in
slaughter sales.
22. Save seeds of trees, vines, bushes, plants and
scatter them where mowing does not occur
23. Ban the cutting of trees entirely as Thailand has
down.(The United Kingdom has banned the cutting of
after they reach a certain width.. while Takoma Park
Maryland in
the US and other cities have required a permit to cut
trees. The United States is still a land of skinny
trees, because
of present control of the Forest Svc. and National
Park Service
by lumber mining oil and cattle interests) In Mumbai
are threatened by logging, as well as by poaching and
24. Stop through lawsuits, networking etc. the
'controlled fires'
deliberately set by the US Park
Service and the Forest Svc... fires which often are
made more lethal
by the unpredictable wind.. fires which at their best
trees, animals, insects.
25. Work for workplace, home, library and other
on cotton, recycled, or the back sides of already
printed paper.
26. stop the control of national and state executive
legislatures and courts by corporate contractors
27. network with other environmentalists
28. Disinvest mutual funds, pension funds from earth
corporations such as Georgia Pacific and other tree
29. Replace paper towels with washed cotton rags.
30. Contact the USPO to give you a Direct Marketing
Assoc. form
.. which will stop both commercial and nonprofit junk
delivered to your home http://www.the-dma.org/
ADVO is the world's largest junk
mailer, killing trees both at the
beginning and at the end as
trees are bulldozed to make more
landfill in which to put ADVO junk
31. Fax gives trees the ax... phone and email are more
32. Toilet paper used for urine only can be put in
33. Please boycott insurance companies which mandate
the killing of trees... (sometimes land speculators
buy homes
just long enough to put them on the market and
from the sale... after axing centenarian trees...
health departments too have joined in this anti health
34. Legislate underground power lines to save trees.
This is
done in several countries in Europe.
35. Clearcutting lumber and mining
companies have caused flash
floods around the world. One such
began over the destruction of
5000 homes near Beckley W. Va.
36. Lumber companies have put
a variety of poisons into the waters.
37. Lumber companies have
caused fires from dust accumulation
such as the one occurring in
Schofield Wisconsin in Oct. of 2005.
Fire chief Doug Jennings: "It is
my belief (the fire was caused by)
a dust explosion."

Raking leaves
1. wastes time 2. fills landfills 3. costs communities
4. removes blanketing leaves from Mother Earth during
5. removes nuts which feed squirrels

http://www.keeper.org RFK suing the EPA over Buckeye
in Ohio
which is giving cattle parts to chickens
http://www.ran.org Rainforest Action Network
http://www.paperretriever.com/ puts huge bins in parks
and elsewhere to collect newspaper, magazine, junk
and other paper waste

Father Mother God make the earth warm where it is cold
and cool it down in Indian areas in which it is too
hot. Make earth weather gentle and nonviolent now and
Cause all to obey Your commands not to kill animals..
not to
kill plants. Genesis 1 29

Ron Howard, director of A Beautiful Mind and many
other films,
made his first film at age 8.. an anti mowing film
showed the nature of mowers' attacks on lawns.

houses built with wood do not last in a tornado
as well as brick, stone, stucco, block homes

wood houses are painted.. painters often dump
their leftover toxins into the streams

Court Cases, Books, Links


In 1976 a federal court in Cleveland
Ohio ruled that the Akron Health
Department's forced mowing of
a woman's lawn violated her
1st Amendment freedom of religion
since it is impossible to mow without
killing beings. Attorneys William
Whitaker and Beverly Rose wrought
a $500 judgment against the
Health Dept.

Staff of the pre Bush EPA of Chicago (Atty Rappoport
and others) have developed supportive
briefs for those wishing to challenge
compulsory mowing ordinances.


In 2006 Ted Steinberg, an
environmental historian in Cleveland,
published American Green. 4 of the 52 reasons not to
mow are based on thoughts
from his book.

The Wild Lawn Handbook: Alternatives to the
Traditional Front Lawn
by Stevie Daniels

A number of newspapers
and magazines have done
stories on not mowing. Lew Regenstein
wrote an article for the Atlanta
Constitution, Richard Cohen for
the Washington Post, whlie
Organic Gardening published
a version of this post.


CALMM of Takoma Park Maryland
works to promote lawn alternatives.
Takoma Park is also a tree protecting

The National Wildlife Federation
which promotes the killing of animals
by hunters nevertheless also
promotes wildlife habitat, with
special emphasis on making the back
yard wild.

The Fruitarian Network of Akron Ohio
works for all aspects of plant rights
and nonviolence.

Food Not Lawns and Wild Urban Gardeners

Robert Frost, Robert Redford, Ted Steinberg & Others

Utah resident Robert Redford said Ohioans are really
into lawnmowers. This
is still true of a majority of landowners,
but Ohioans have won federal and local court victories
against compulsory lawnmowing.
Alice Herrington, deceased president
of Friends of Animals: re her unmowed
acreage: 'the bunnies like it'.
Femka R: Our Serbian trees were
burned in bombing by the US government.
4 of the 52 items were inspired by American Green, a
book by
Ted Steinberg, Cleveland environmental historian said
(re the American
obsession with a crewcut layer
of monotypic chipped blue grass)
"Long Island or Lawn Guyland as it
is sometimes called."

(While scythes too can kill toads
and butterflies and sapling trees,
they don't kill as many as machine
The Scythe Book: Mowing Hay, Cutting Weeds, and
Harvesting Small Grains, With Hand Tools (Paperback)
by David Tresemer

Edward G Bulwer-Lytton:

"Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem."
Stephen King in The Lawn Mower Man:

"The neighbor's dog chased the cat under the mower...
they cleaned off the blades. Harold decied to get rid
of the mower."

.... "the mower spat out the mole..
in a series of entrails"

"The lawnmower was tearing through the unfortunate
grass like an
avenging devil from hell."
Walt Whitman:
We are the journeywork of the stars, no less than the
leaves of grass."

Seth Godin:
The reason for a lawn? To demonstrate wastefulness. A
lawn tells your neighbors you can afford to waste
land, waste water and have a team of servants to keep
it all pretty.. 17 billion
a year business
Frank Hyman:
"Aside from the costs, some folks have more of an
aesthetic opposition to lawns. They consider them
"I come here not to bury the American lawn, but to
shrink it."

Cyberspace Anon:

Now let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so
it will grow. And when it does grow, they cut it off
and pay to throw it away?

Robert Frost has several poems
on not mowing:


I went to turn the grass once after one
Who mowed it in the dew before the sun.
The dew was gone that made his blade so keen
Before I came to view the levelled scene.
I looked for him behind an isle of trees;
I listened for his whetstone on the breeze.
But he had gone his way, the grass all mown,
And I must be, as he had been -- alone,
'As all must be,' I said within my heart,
'Whether they work together or apart.'
But as I said it, swift there passed me by
On noiseless wing a bewildered butterfly,
Seeking with memories grown dim o'er night
Some resting flower of yesterday's delight.
And once I marked his flight go round and round,
As where some flower lay withering on the ground.
And then he flew as far as eye could see,
And then on tremulous wing came back to me.
I thought of questions that have no reply,
And would have turned to toss the grass to dry;
But he turned first, and led my eye to look
At a tall tuft of flowers beside a brook,
A leaping tongue of bloom the scythe had spared
Beside a reedy brook the scythe had bared.
The mower in the dew had loved them thus,
By leaving them to flourish, not for us,
Nor yet to draw one thought of ours to him.
But from sheer morning gladness at the brim.
The butterfly and I had lit upon,
Nevertheless, a message from the dawn,
That made me hear the wakening birds around,
And hear his long scythe whispering to the ground,
And feel a spirit kindred to my own,
So that henceforth I worked no more alone;
But glad with him, I worked as with his aid,
And weary, sought at noon with him the shade;
And dreaming, as it were, held brotherly speech
With one whose thought I had not hoped to reach.
'Men work together,' I told him from the heart,
'Whether they work together or apart.'

(The Tuft Of Flowers was included in a 1929
collection of the world's most famous poems)

'Fred, where is north?'
'North? North is there, my love.
The brook runs west.'
'West-running Brook then call it.'
(West-Running Brook men call it to this day.)
'What does it think k's doing running west
When all the other country brooks flow east
To reach the ocean? It must be the brook
Can trust itself to go by contraries
The way I can with you -- and you with me --
Because we're -- we're -- I don't know what we are.
What are we?'
'Young or new?'
'We must be something.
We've said we two. Let's change that to we three.
As you and I are married to each other,
We'll both be married to the brook. We'll build
Our bridge across it, and the bridge shall be
Our arm thrown over it asleep beside it.
Look, look, it's waving to us with a wave
To let us know it hears me.'
' 'Why, my dear,
That wave's been standing off this jut of shore --'
(The black stream, catching a sunken rock,
Flung backward on itself in one white wave,
And the white water rode the black forever,
Not gaining but not losing, like a bird
White feathers from the struggle of whose breast
Flecked the dark stream and flecked the darker pool
Below the point, and were at last driven wrinkled
In a white scarf against the far shore alders.)
'That wave's been standing off this jut of shore
Ever since rivers, I was going to say,'
Were made in heaven. It wasn't waved to us.'
'It wasn't, yet it was. If not to you
It was to me -- in an annunciation.'
'Oh, if you take it off to lady-land,
As't were the country of the Amazons
We men must see you to the confines of
And leave you there, ourselves forbid to enter,-
It is your brook! I have no more to say.'
'Yes, you have, too. Go on. You thought of something.'
'Speaking of contraries, see how the brook
In that white wave runs counter to itself.
It is from that in water we were from
Long, long before we were from any creature.
Here we, in our impatience of the steps,
Get back to the beginning of beginnings,
The stream of everything that runs away.
Some say existence like a Pirouot
And Pirouette, forever in one place,
Stands still and dances, but it runs away,
It seriously, sadly, runs away
To fill the abyss' void with emptiness.
It flows beside us in this water brook,
But it flows over us. It flows between us
To separate us for a panic moment.
It flows between us, over us, and with us.
And it is time, strength, tone, light, life and love-
And even substance lapsing unsubstantial;
The universal cataract of death
That spends to nothingness -- and unresisted,
Save by some strange resistance in itself,
Not just a swerving, but a throwing back,
As if regret were in it and were sacred.
It has this throwing backward on itself
So that the fall of most of it is always
Raising a little, sending up a little.
Our life runs down in sending up the clock.
The brook runs down in sending up our life.
The sun runs down in sending up the brook.
And there is something sending up the sun.
It is this backward motion toward the source,
Against the stream, that most we see ourselves in,
The tribute of the current to the source.
It is from this in nature we are from.
It is most us.'
'To-day will be the day....You said so.'
'No, to-day will be the day
You said the brook was called West-running Brook.'
'To-day will be the day of what we both said.'

Re "Wild violet a very persistent weed in lawns"

they scotch these
purple fragilities
with thoughtless

It is because animals like sheep
and cows who graze and are
then slaughtered have
created clipped green that
animal enslaving countries
find mown areas esthetically


The state of Florida spends $30 million a year mowing
medians and right of ways along highways," he said.
"Wouldn't it be nice if we had something out here
beside mowed grass? Why not turn them into water
retention areas or at the very least natural
vegetation that does not need mowing? I'm actually
working on that one." a Floridian politician working
on cutting spending

Food Not Lawns and Wild Urban Gardeners!

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(Senator Evan Bayh's senator father Birch Bayh was one
of untold millions injured
by a lawnmower)

Thursday, May 18, 2006
Lawn Dialogue


Imagine the conversation The Creator might have had
with St. Francis on the subject of lawns:

God: Hey St. Francis, you know all about gardens and
nature. What in the world is going on down there in
the Midwest? What happened to the dandelions, violets,
thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect
"no maintenance" garden plan. Those plants grow in any
type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with
abandon. The nectar from the long lasting blossoms
attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of
songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors
by now. But all I see are these green rectangles.

St. Francis: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord.
The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers
"weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and
replace them with grass.

God: Grass? But it's so boring. It's not colorful. It
doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees, only
grubs and sod worms. It's temperamental with
temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all
that grass growing there?

St. Francis: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great
pains to grow it and keep it green. The begin each
spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other
plant that crops up in the lawn.

God: The spring rains and warm weather probably make
grass grow really fast. That must make the
Suburbanites happy.

St. Francis: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows
a little, they cut it... sometimes twice a week.

God: They cut it? Do they then bail it like hay?

St. Francis: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it
up and put it in bags.

God: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell

St. Francis: No Sir. Just the opposite. They pay to
throw it away.

God: Now let me get this straight. They fertilize
grass so when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to
throw it away?

St. Francis: Yes, Sir.

God: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer
when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat.
That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of

St. Francis: You are not going to believe this Lord.
When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out
hoses and pay more money to water it so they can
continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

God: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the
trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say
so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to
provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn
they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to
keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and
bushes. Plus, as they rot, the leaves form compost to
enhance the soil. It's a natural circle of life.

St. Francis: You better sit down, Lord. The
Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the
leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay
to have them hauled away.

God: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree
roots in the winter and to keep the soil moist and

St. Francis: After throwing away the leaves, they go
out and buy something which they call mulch. The haul
it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

God: And where do they get this mulch?

St. Francis: They cut down trees and grind them up to
make the mulch.

God: Enough. I don't want to think about this anymore.
Sister Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What
movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

Sister Catherine: "Dumb and Dumber", Lord. It's a real
stupid movie about.....

God: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story
from St. Francis.

Reprinted by permission of
El Ojo Del Lago News
Guadalajara, Mexico


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