People Protect what they Love

  • Posted by zayla
  • On July 19, 2019
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There’s not a day I scroll through Instagram and am not confronted with message about global warming and environmental degradation. These are extremely important messages that need to be at the forefront of everyones minds. Our future survival literally depends on it… That being said, I want to offer a different perspective.

People protect what they love. Surfers are some of the biggest advocates for clean oceans. Hikers are major voices against deforestation. What I’m trying to say is that exposure to–and love for–the natural world inherently leads to protecting and advocating for Mother Earth.

Well intentioned people need to be careful when talking about global warming, especially around children. For those of us who had the blessing of growing up in nature, we know how we were shaped by those experiences in the woods. The magic of seeing swarms of lightening bugs in a field near my house in the the summers. The horror of once finding a dead bird that was half eaten by bugs. Swimming in the lake til past dark, then realizing I forgot my towel and running the near two miles home dripping wet and freezing.

My wish is that kids growing up now get to make their own version of these memories I hold so dear to my heart. What I am noticing, however, is young people drawing a connection between nature and doom. Trash island, micro-plastics, greenhouse gas effect (again, important issues that need to be talked about).

Just consider for a second: maybe sharing the joy of nature with each other is more effective than sharing that article about global warming. I want to experience nature, I’m tired of theorizing it. I want to touch people’s hearts and inspire them to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, because I know people protect what they love.

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