Franklin D Roosevelt and Environmental Balance

“A nation that destroys its ….”

Franklin D. Roosevelt thrashed his brains to create a powerful quotation. It was then he fell heels over head into a rabbit hole. Like a demented Alice, he fell deeper into a troubling horror show. He saw ugly carnage of an abominable future. Pollution, litter, filthy smoke, chemical sludge! 

The sea was a disgusting infinite vortex of garbage. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch churned his stomach. Plastic and floating rubbish choked wildlife. Thousands of tons of plastic waste! 

The President fell into choking fumes and chemicals. People wearing industrial masks were trying to breathe but their unearthly green skin only wept dirty tears. Black smoke and filth obscured sickly sun rays.

Roosevelt landed with a nauseating thud in rubbish. Trying to stand up, he sank deeper. To his dismay, he realised that litter covered Earth. Its whole surface! The soil was poisoned and nothing grew!

Bang!

The President landed back in his Oval Office. He finished the quote with dramatic realism. 

“A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”

Yet, this was not enough for the President. He had to protect the environmental balance of the future. History, culture and nature must be protected. 

He realised that, “There is nothing so American as our National Parks.”

Yes, as the President, he must create more National Parks. To protect them, the oceans, air, land and water he must establish everlasting laws to serve nature. “Conserve and protect,” would be his battle cry. On his own land he had planted numerous trees, but he must plant more over the whole of the USA. He must fight the wretched “timber famine” he witnessed. 

He would redouble his efforts in the Civilian Conservation Corps. These men loved their purpose of improving public lands, parks and forests. They would fight enthusiastically for a better, cleaner future and involve all Americans in conservation. 

At all costs, Roosevelt  would protect natural resources, champion conservation, preserve wildlife as the President of Environmental Balance.

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
1 month ago

What a wonderful story, Margarida! I love the way you combine fact and fiction and imagine FDR falling down a Climate Crisis rabbithole. He did have vision, didn’t he? Really great writing, describing the horrible realities but also giving us hope. If one man could do all those things back in his day, perhaps there are men and women of today who can make massive changes for the good.

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
Reply to  Margarida Brei
1 month ago

I don’t write for any other websites.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 month ago

What an interesting and well constructed story, Margarida. It’s a pity that more world leaders haven’t followed his policies and principles over the years. Nicely done.

Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
1 month ago

Mr President had a presage, a vision of a future that is coming to pass. I lived with him the moments he felt through your fantastic description, it really felt real. Thank you so much for helping me think, I love your story!

Julian
Julian(@julian)
1 month ago

It is ironic that while he had one eye on preserving nature, FDR was also presiding over the development of the atom bomb. Well written story Margarida

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 month ago

FDR was truly a visionary President and your story is a testament to this, Margarida. I love how you cleverly intertwine fact with fiction. Very nicely done! I, myself, have always admired Eleanor Roosevelt who is known to have been a strong influence in FDR’s speech writing. I wonder if she too inspired his vision for our planet. Two of her quotes come to mind ‘The world of the future is in… Read more »

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
Reply to  Margarida Brei
1 month ago

Can I refer you to Carrie’s response and the links, Margarida, as I have only written stories for Write Academy and GlobeSoup. As Carrie mentions, you do need to purchase a course from Write Academy in order to submit a story.

Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister(@alan-kemister)
1 month ago

Hello. An elegant plea for inspired leadership. I’m afraid that’s really lacking in the world right now. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 month ago

A wonderful president. FDR should be a role model that all the leaders around the world should emulate. What a great read, Margarida.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Margarida Brei
1 month ago

I am Filipino, but as I read your story, I also loved Your Pres. Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt. 

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 month ago

A well-crafted story, Margarida. I love your choice of words one of which is, “Like a demented Alice, he fell deeper into a troubling horror show” Please can you shed more light on that. I don’t know so much about FDR but from what I have read, he was a leader with unprecedented foresight.

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