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Earth Day Reminds Us of the Conservation Possibilities

Earth Day 2013

Conservation is all about restraint, choosing not to do things so that future generations may enjoy the wild things and places we do.

This is awful hard, I know, especially in a world where fast is better than slow, more is better than less, and short-term thinking is often more highly valued than taking the long view.

It is easy to think we are facing a unique cultural climate not at all conducive to conservation and get discouraged. The stakes seem so high, the consequences so enduring, long-term thinking so challenging.

That’s why it was such a pleasure to do a little reading about Sen.  Gaylord Nelson, one of the founders of Earth Day, which this year is Monday, April 22.

More than 40 years ago, in a Congressional Record from 1970, Sen. Nelson called for “the introduction of new values in our society—where bigger is not necessarily better—where slower can be faster—and where less can be more.”

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