Conservation is an effort that has many layers. It is really about commitment — the commitment to protect something.
This planet is going to be a home to us much longer if we keep making changes to better care for it. Even though the U.S. has pulled back on climate change initiatives, we can still do things in our individual lives until we do, eventually, join the rest of the world.
Things change. That’s always going to be the case, and as our interests in our national parks grows, so will our needs to maintain and care for them.
When we think of conservation, a word that easily comes to mind is “ecosystem,” and what is an ecosystem but a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment. Every word of this definition is loaded with proof that the human species is an ecosystem! And it is out of balance, but not all is lost; there is still hope.
Being a minimalist out of part desire and part necessity is not the same as conservation. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely helps. Conservation, though, is about so much more. Not only is it about preventing the wasteful use of our natural resources, but it’s about preserving them, and protecting our animals and lands, too.