We live in a world of incredible material abundance, but we’re running short on nature.
We want more places where we can hike, bike and jog among trees and wildflowers. We want more mountaintops where we can see nothing but forest below, more rivers that flow wild and free, more shoreline where all we can hear are waves. We want more wildlife in our world, from the grizzly on the ridgeline to the butterfly in our backyard, from the wolf in the forest to the sea otters bobbing in the waves off the coast. We want and need more, to paraphrase Emerson, of a world so beautiful that we “can hardly believe it exists.”
For centuries, we sacrificed nature in our lives for the sake of economic progress. But that’s not a world we have to live in anymore. Nor is it the future our children deserve — especially when we’re called upon to accept less nature in our lives just so we can produce and consume more stuff we don’t need.