I suspect for many of you the results of our election have left you feeling depressed, disheartened and dejected. Throughout last night and this morning I have been engaged in conversations with my friends in Canada and Europe. They are all stunned and bewildered. They share many of the same fears and concerns I have regarding the positions that the Trump administration will take on climate change, environmental protection, social and environmental justice, and funding for conservation and restoration initiatives.
While it’s still too early to tell, here is what I am thinking as I try to process this:
Now, more than ever, we need to stand up and fight for the principles and ideals that we believe in. We need to stay true to our values and actively advocate for the conservation and restoration of our natural resources, for the just treatment of all species on Earth, and for environmental and social justice for all peoples, no matter their race, heritage or economic status. It may turn out to be a messy, uncertain, and at times disappointing struggle, but one I think we all believe worth fighting for. I trust this will make us a much stronger, more focused, and more resilient community in the long run.
Let’s make safe spaces where we can express our anxieties, fears and hopes. Then let’s put all of our energy into making this world a better place for all. As I told my wife this morning, at least I can go to work and honestly say I am creating a better future. Let’s not lose sight of what we have in each other, in our work, and in our commitment to Restoring the Earth and Inspiring Ecological Stewardship!
For the WILD!
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