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Curtis H. Green: Wilderness protection good for the planet

Curtis H. Green

I have listened to the voices for and against the proposed Hidden Gems Wilderness. What has struck me are the egocentric reasons behind the rationalizations opposing this wilderness plan. I think we need to step out of our own realities and accept our responsibilities as stewards of our mountains, our country and our planet.

Our mountains: As our population continues to grow, we need to realize is that we are not alone; others live here. We need to respect our biodiversity; indeed we need to grow up, not out. We are only passing through. If the oil spill in the Gulf teaches us anything, it is that we cannot take what we have for granted without forethought and care.

Our country: America is what it is because of the land, the wildness. Americans grow up with a can-do attitude because they have a place to test themselves, a place that makes them think outside the box of society. The American spirit, the American heart is there because of the land. Not everyone can touch it, but all Americans know that we are not settled; we are wild, brave, and unstoppable because we have this place called home that keeps that spirit alive.

Our planet: The North American continent and the planet are alive and moving. It is home to massive wildlife and human migrations annually. We need to recognize and acknowledge that we are just a part of this planet. We are entering a new time in the history of the world. Let us step up and control our unending wants and desires. Let us step up and say that here and now we accept our planet and care for it as we should and as we can.

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