Trial Of Bush Honeysuckle

April 4, 2018

At The Old Courthouse St. Louis, Mo.

The Verdict

Bush Honeysuckle has been found guilty of being an extraordinarily invasive plant that must become classified as a Noxious Weed. It causes damage to the biodiversity of our forests – “forests” being one of our crops – and to our native plants and biodiversity.

For justice to be served, this court hereby calls for action with the intent to eradicate invasive Bush Honeysuckle in conjunction with sustained biodiverse restoration.

The court also recognizes our responsibility, as human beings, for taking these actions. Even though this plant causes the damages as stated here today, we brought this plant here without proper consideration for possible ecological consequences.

Therefore this court rules that all parties involved shall apply a biodiverse awareness to all further actions.

These eradication and restoration actions shall commence immediately April 4th 2018 and will continue until further notice.

Don't read the verdict if you want to watch the movie!

Educational Purpose/Focus of Trial of Bush Honeysuckle

Integration with the Interpretive Themes of the

Gateway Arch National Park


The rights and responsibilities of citizenship as symbolized by

the Old Courthouse as a crucible of change.

Educating adults and youth about our responsibility for decision-making and management

of historical, cultural, natural resources.

Ecological knowledge is needed to make responsible decisions.

Anticipating results of our actions, e.g. from importing plant species that could become invasive

such as Bush Honeysuckle has.

Integrating sustainability perspectives into decision-making and into information-gathering

that informs our decisions/actions.

The Judicial Process as a vehicle to communicate the many points around the issue

of Bush Honeysuckle having become an invasive plant.

Our roles as citizens in the court system

As Witnesses

As Jurors

To provide a venue for dialogue and civic engagement, empowering connections between significant historical events and possible solutions to issues in contemporary society.

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