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Muppets Discover It's Not Easy Being Green in a Fossil Fueled World

Posted: 12/06/11 03:39 PM ET

Dear Kermit: When I was an odd little girl who liked to wear sparkly gold dresses to school, I loved you and your song about being different,"It's not easy being green." My favorite part is the end when you sing:"I am green, and it'll do fine; It's beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be." You and the other muppets helped me feel proud to be the unique little person I was. You also helped teach me to be kind, to share, to tell the truth and many other helpful life skills.

I became "green" myself, as that word is used today to identify environmentalists, on the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. As part of that great event, my first grade class crossed the street from Spring Harbor Elementary in Madison, Wisconsin, to take a "nature walk" in a small wooded area. During this welcome escape from the classroom, wearing the green and white ecology button passed out by my teacher, I learned to look at the world around me with heightened appreciation. I began to love nature.

Soon I fell in love with another small fuzzy fellow, not a muppet, but a character from a Dr. Seuss book who shared my concern for the environment. Kermit, if you could meet the Lorax and hear his sad story, I know you would understand each other so well. It wasn't easy for him being green, trying to speak for the Truffula trees to all those thoughtless factory builders who just wanted to get bigger and bigger profits and to make the Lorax go away. No, it isn't easy being different or speaking up against powerful interests with deep pockets.

I hear Fox News is blaming you and the other muppets for brainwashing children in your new movie by vilifying that horrible, selfish oil barron Tex Richman. Why are they so upset? He is a perfectly horrid villain. It's clear from his song, that all he cares about is making money and NOT the environment or the people and muppets who need clean resources. He must be hitting too close to home if he is upsetting Fox and their sponsors. They call this brainwashing? They are pretty much experts on brain washing as they continue to deny the impacts of fossil fuels on our environment and climate.

I just wanted you to know that I still love you Kermit and I love your new movie too. Glad you are back on the big screen and Keep Being Green! I hear the Lorax has a movie coming out too. You should screen it at your theater! I'm sure Fox news will be all over that movie for being green also. Kermit, It's not easy being green, but it's beautiful, and it's what I want to be. Thanks for keeping it real.

Love, Your Biggest Fan.