Many Voices, One Vision for Conservation

“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.”

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9 thoughts on “Many Voices, One Vision for Conservation

  1. I wish that more true conservatives would be active in getting their party to change its very anti-environmental policies. I have never understood how anyone could call themselves conservative and not want to conserve! I always vote Democrat because they have a much better record on conserving our environment–if I thought the Green party had a chance I would vote Green but sadly that would just be wasting my vote. I agree with Bibliophile above–it is not constructive to use words like “whacko” or “idiots”. And if you think someone who wants to save spiders or owls is a “whacko” you don’t udnerstand true conservation–the web of life is such that everything is connected and changing just one small aspect can have major effects. I don’t know about that spider –maybe it is an important food for some bird or other animal or maybe it keeps some other insect under control. Having clean water, air and earth is important for ALL of life on this planet–if we don’t work on this together as both liberals and conservatives the only life left could be cockroaches and rats.

  2. I cannot believe the attacks I have encountered as a Conservative who loves all of nature. Many of these attacks are very hurtful. How can anyone who thinks clearly put a party designation on the issue. I have seen just as many liberals kill wantonly and destroy the environment as anyone…maybe more so…but it is NOT which party yoiu belong to, it’s what you are like in your actions and within your heart. As with all thing, we sometimes go too far with our desire to “make things right.” Both sides of an issue must be weighed and even thought it does not make up happy, the decision must be the one that is best for all.Life goes on, with or without us. All we can do is join in the effort. Pray that the right decisions will bear fruit. That’s why this year I will split my ticket. I am trying.
    Are you?

  3. I have met caring, thoughtful people across the political spectrum who want to take care of the earth and all who occupy it. The differences mainly seem to be determining if and when government should play a role in caring for the environment. I wish our idea of government was more like “a committee of citizens charged with making decisions on a larger scale than the individual, for the common good”, instead of some big bully forcing individuals to do its will. Some cultures have a group of elders that helps them make big decisions that affect the next 7 generations. I think we could benefit from cultivating nationwide respect for generational continuity, and that would necessitate making decisions that conserve. Am I being too naive?

  4. Sierra Revels

    I think conservation is of utmost importance. Without the Earth we could not exist. We need to start treating the Earth with more respect or we’ll all become extinct. We need to conserve energy and take care of the environment because it takes care of us. The Earth is like our bodies. If we keep giving it junk (pollution) it will get “health” issues and die earlier than it needs to. Our political system needs to stop taking sides and just be on one side: Conservation.

  5. Kevin Smith

    I was born and raised on a small farm in Northeast Missouri. I was raised in a hunting environment and have always believed in the conservation of our wildlife through controlled hunting and good land management, This provides for the wildlife a good environment for breeding and growth,( which must be controlled,by hunting when necessary). I won a conservation award in high school for my food plot project, so don’t even try and condemn me for my belief in hunting. Without the hunting programs, there would be NO funds for conservation at all,(except from private donations) which is not enough. The welfare of our game and wildlife is of the utmost importance to 99% of all hunters. The radical element in conservation would have you believe there is no place in modern society for the “killing” of innocent animals, when in reality if left unchecked,most animal populations would explode, and then starve to death. I know there will always be arguments for and against hunting as a conservation measure, but that will not change the truth of the matter, right is right and wrong is wrong.-Kevin D. Smith.

  6. Greg Pasztor

    Ahhh…the web of life. Though I’m glad that Gisele’s ‘environmental wacko’ gets aroused by birds, the rhetoric gets in the way of productive solutions. “Stupid blind spider,” “idiot,” and “environmental wacko,” turns any issue into a partisan argument with little room for consensus. I’m guessing she’s referring to a highway project in San Antonio that has stalled after discovery of the Bracken Bat Cave Mesh Weaver in a limestone cavern found in the median. The highway, heavy development, & traffic are all occurring over the Recharge Zone for the Edwards Aquifer–San Antonio’s drinking water supply. The Mesh Weaver is a listed Federally Endangered Species. The Texas Highway department is changing the intersection from an underpass to an overpass. Not only will the ‘stupid blind spider’ keep its habitat, the citizens of San Antonio will keep their drinking water clean(since the cavern likely feeds runoff directly into the aquifer)–a solution far more in keeping with the spirit of the Eagle Compact.

  7. Justin Maddox

    As someone who supports both the Tea Party and the environmental activists, I agree that it is important not to fall completely into one predefined category. Two of my biggest desires as an activist are to: a) help push the government back to its Constitutionally-defined bounds, and b) help preserve wildlife and wild lands against the frightening trend of human intrusion. We are stewards of the Earth, and it is our responsibility to tend to it without causing unnecessary destruction.

  8. I agree that conservation should be everyone’s concern, not just that of this or that political party or agenda. It is more important than political squabbles. Even if the right and left disagree on some fundamental issues, any concerns that we share should be taken very seriously and become rallying points for the conservation movement, and when we do disagree, we need to be respectful and remember the values we do share. That is one major reason why I do not think it is appropriate to call some people “idiots” or “wackos” because they happen to have different conservation priorities than you. Audubon (and this campaign in particular) should not be endorsing blatant insults towards those who support spider conservation.

  9. I am a conservative. I would love to see every living thing conserved and treated respectfully. Conserve and protect all ecosystems. The earth took care of itself for 4.54 billion years because everything on it was made by nature. Humans tamper with the earth’s whole fabric of existence by shoving atoms together that don’t form naturally. After that, nature doesn’t know how to deal with it because it hasn’t had time to evolve a process. Nature can’t evolve fast enough to use the materials productively. If nature can’t use it productively, it just gets in the way once humans say it’s garbage. Garbage is what humans decide mother nature has to absorb. If too much foreign material gets in her absorption system, we are headed for an Apocalypse which will be followed closely by Armageddon. Neither will be of religious origin (unless you consider the Apocalypse to be the debasement of religion in favor of reason). Biomes have been around eons longer than your human books of falsehoods. They don’t need anything except for respect. Respect them and nature will function properly. -Alicia Zody

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