Facing an emergency of weeds overrunning green spaces, the government dispatched a platoon of horticulturalists to fight through the thorns, cut back the weeds, and plant various plants and flowers. However, while most people supported this dirty work as necessary, a few environmentalists objected, saying that one man’s weed was another man’s native plant.
As the horticulturalists went about their work, the environmentalists organized speeches, sit-ins, and mass rallies, calling on the government to “bring our horticulturalists home.” But everywhere they went, the environmentalists were quick to say, “We support our horticulturalists.”
With the help of a willing media elite, the environmentalist message slowly took hold, and people began to say the work was too dangerous. The government had to recall the platoon, and within months, the weeds had overrun all the green spaces.