Conservation is an effort that has many layers. It is really about commitment — the commitment to protect something.
Even if something does end up “failing,” making the effort is a fantastic choice, and failure isn’t something that negates the initial intentions at all.
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.
While I love discussing my personal choices for footwear we must first consider how we’re supporting or hindering the natural strength of our feet.
I urge you to find hope in small, daily ways. Put something on your calendar this week that exists just for you. Get out the map and plan a national park hike or visit one of the hundreds of national park historic sites in the next month if possible. Hope weaves into our stress resiliency by lifting our spirits in hectic times. Do not wait for it to show up. Build it up in meaningful ways and support others’ hopes whenever possible.
Our NPS sites hold, clarify, and remind us of our American legacy—the good, bad and ugly. They hopefully remind us to nurture our better angels, to learn from history, and protect what little we have left.
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.
As teachers and families have had to alter and adjust their manners of attending school, national parks have had to adjust their means of educating families. In a time of crisis, as we all adapt, it has been apparent that the National Park Service is working overtime to provide opportunities that sustain some normalcy in our “new normal.”
So, you’ve booked your next trip to a national park, and you want to make sure you get the full experience, right? We owe it to ourselves, and to these incredible lands, to make our visits count. Each visit is an opportunity to educate, inspire, and support our holistic well-being.
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.