Posted: Apr 21, 2022 12:01 AM
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The never-ending media outrage machine is undoubtedly focusing on the next soon-to-be crisis and amplifying anything that could possibly pit one of us against the other. Outrage drives ratings up, but it also drives people apart. I’ve been focusing instead on causes that bring people together. Since this Friday we celebrate the 52nd annual Earth Day, I want to focus on my love of nature.For years, I thought my love of nature was due to the times I had spent as a grade school student outdoors with my family. When I was a child, my father (former House Speaker Newt Gingrich) was an environmental studies professor at West Georgia College (now the University of West Georgia) in Carrollton, Georgia. When I was still in grade school, our family of four often tagged along on my father’s college student field trips, during which we hiked, canoed and camped in the Okefenokee Swamp.But recently, I came across photographs that lead me to believe my love of nature came even earlier. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where my father was a graduate student at Tulane University; the earliest photos of our family were taken at Audubon Park, which was within walking distance of our duplex apartment. The 350-ac …