Aldo Leopold said: “Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.”
I can’t think of a better way to sum up what’s wrong with our current relationship with our resources.
My buddy KC said yesterday, in simpler terms: “This place is pretty cool. Let’s stop fucking it up.”
Day before earth day I had an all day conference with folks from field biologists to forest ecologists. It was a good prelude to earth day and gave me just a glimmer of hope that there may be just enough folks that give a shit to keep this rock spinning for another generation or two.
On earth day proper I spent the morning with capt. Beefheart flingung sticks and hiking with heavy packs. I saw bees polinating mesquite trees and the first cactus blooms of spring. It was a good day. We did our 5k hike in 1hr 3min. Me with 50lb in my new pack and capt. Beefheart with an unknown quantity in a vest.
Aldo Leopold also said in A Sand County Almanac: “We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
That said, let’s quit disrespecting what little nature we have left.