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Segment: Marjories talk about the differences between new and old residents
Source: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Marjorie Harris Carr. Videotaped in Islamorada,
Length of Segment: 00:01:59
Transcript and audio recording are copyright 1983-2009 Florida International University.
Interviewer: "I talked a little bit... asked you a little bit before...and you talked a bit about the
differences between the new residents and the long time residents, of Florida. Can you discuss, a little
bit more, about what you believe the perception of the new resident of Florida to be, of the natural
environment, and how that differs, if it does differ, from the person who has been here ten years or so?
MSD: "Well, I've considered a lot of old time residents have cared less about the environment because
they didn't consider it endangered. They weren't aware that it was endangered. And they have been
some of the most difficult people to change, whereas new people may have come from other parts of
the country that have environmental problems and have been working...especially many of these
intelligent retired people."
M Carr: "Right! Right!"
MSD: "We're having a great access of energy from retired people who have come, working with
environmental problems where they've been and they're a great help. We have a group here called the
M Carr: "Oh, yes!"
MSD: "They're elderly people and they're just great! You can get them to write letters. They sit down
and write letters, like mad. It's wonderful, the help we're getting from older people who are new comers
in that. You can't make a hard and fast distinction between old and new residents in that, because some
of the old residents, who have neglected to see that we've had the proper laws and the laws enforced
are some of the ones who've caused some of the problems of our environment."
M Carr: "Yes!"
MSD: "Because they didn't protect it properly in the first place. They didn't know they'd have to. Maybe
we should understand that a little better."
M Carr: "Again, you know, it goes back to the importance of education through the media, the press and
the radio and TV. It's just terribly important."