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.”