“I’m a staunch conservative, not an environmental wacko.”
That was Gisele’s eye-catching opener when she joined our American Eagle Campaign conversation here on this website.
“If you stop a road project for the sake of a stupid blind spider, then I think you are an idiot,” she went on to explain. “But if you are doing something to endanger my hummers or kingbirds, swallows, northern cardinals, roadrunners, etc., then you will arouse that tiny environmental wacko that lives in me.”
I think Gisele has exposed the great fallacy of American politics today. The partisan rhetoric that has consumed the debate over clean air and water and protecting our wild spaces and wildlife has drowned out the voices of real America. Real America sees stewardship of our natural resources as a unifying force, not a dividing force.
“Conservation is a universal, worldwide shared language,” Andrea wrote from Colorado. “I recently took a trip to Canada to see whales. I met folks from Japan, Scotland, Australia, U.K., Belgium, Canada and the U.S. in a span of five days. All of us were there to see wildlife and shared a common bond that transcended politics, culture, color, race or creed. How many things can bring a world together such as this?”
“The planet and its health concern ALL of us human beings,” wrote Jennifer, who identified herself as a political independent. “It is not a right or a left issue.”
Lois summed it up most eloquently.
“Conservation is for me a commitment to my children, my grandchildren and their children and grandchildren,” she wrote from New York. “We do not own this earth; we hold it in trust for those who come after us.”