A Walmart store less than a mile from Brattleboro has been vacant since 2009. The enormous store and its acres of parking lots were built in Hinsdale, New Hampshire on acres of land that were once pristine wilderness. The Brattleboro Home Depot and its acres of parking lots have been vacant since 2008. It was built on acres of prime farmland.
Brattleboro is 20 minutes by car, bus, or Amtrak from Greenfield. Walmart wants to pave acres of wilderness in Greenfield to build a new store and vast parking lot. There are vacant storefronts in downtown Greenfield. A grassroots movement to stop the proposed Greenfield Walmart store had an important victory on February 12, 2016.
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To get involved in the effort to save wilderness and stop the Greenfield Walmart, contact Al Norman at:
21 Grinnell Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
Walmart is owned by the richest family in the world, the billionaire Waltons. They pay the world's lowest wages at their factories in China. In the USA, they pay barely above minimum wage.
"Wilderness is a haven from the pressures of our fast-paced society," according to www.wilderness.org "It provides us with places where we can seek relief from the noise, haste and crowds that too often confine us. It is a place for us to enjoy with friends and families — strengthening our relationships and building lasting memories.... In wilderness, we can walk and hike, watch wildlife, [and] camp.... This kind of recreation in the wild has countless proven benefits to our health and wellbeing.... Wilderness areas protect watersheds that provide drinking water to many cities and rural communities. It helps improve the quality of our air."