Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Nothing gives me more joy, than knowing 2 of the greatest conservationists in the world grew up within 30 minutes of my hometown:
1. The Father of Our National Parks, John Muir
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
2. Author of Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, What good is it? If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.”
-Aldo Leopold, Round River: From the Journals of Aldo Leopold
I was lucky enough to experience tromping around the same northern woods as 2 men who contributed so much to our national parks, conservation science, nature reserves, and preserving nature as we know it.
I can only hope to make nearly a portion of the difference in which they did. However every time that I visit home, my hope is rejuvenated. Last November when I was home I wandered around John Muir County Park about 15 minutes away from my childhood home. It's such a surreal place to visit, knowing a small town kid growing up in the woods could help save our planet. It reminds me that although science, research, and academia are stressful and constantly making me work harder, that in the long run it will pay off. If I can change at least one person's view and show them the importance of nature, than I am making a difference, however small it may be. Every step forward is progress.
So if you take anything away from this at all, please let it be, that no matter how small you may feel in this great big world, know that you can make a difference. Never feel that you are insignificant, because you too can make an impact on those around you. And of course, if it is ever too much, know that nature heals.
We must take action no matter how small the actions feel:
-use reusable shopping bags
-ride your bike to the store/work if you can
-try not to buy anything with palm oil
-take a trip to a national park
Be the change :)