[image credit National Wildlife Federation]
Lefty tree-hugger that I am, I belong to/subscribe to--among other things--to Sierra, Smithsonian, and National Wildlife Federation. Of these, far and away, I enjoy the magazine of the National Wildlife Federation most.
I could try to enumerate the reasons, but just take one look again at the cover shot above: two fox pups just have to put a smile on your face. And with membership, if I recall correctly, at only $15, you can't NOT sign up (and, no, I have no financial or otherwise interest in NWF, I'm just a happy member).
Plus--as if the fox photo were not enough--we have the always thoughtful editorial essay by NWF president and CEO Larry Schweiger. This month it was "Standing at the Edge of the Known World." Focused on the crisis of global climate change, and the total inaction by the United States of America, Schweiger says:
When did the simple concept of leaving the planet a better place for our kids become a partisan issue?
Climate change is far and away the greatest crisis facing the planet, and we do nothing but bicker, I guess because it's inconvenient to face the music and change our lifestyles.
But in all things, from climate change to preventing gun violence (think Sandy Hook Elementary and a host of other places) we must simply think, aways, not for us. No, not for us.
For. The. Children.
The link to Ultrarunning should be obvious. If we treasure things wild and free and love our backcountry excursions, we owe it to our children to bequeath to them the same or better environment. That should be a no-brainer, yet with today's "leaders" it seems too hard.
Among the scientific community, man-made climate change is no longer a discussion point, it is settled fact. The job now is to craft a robust enough response to solve the problem (although some scientists believe we are already beyond the tipping point of being unable to recover). So instead of a full-court press--as though the fate of the planet hangs in the balance (it does)--we dither and delay.
For. The. Children.