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, 更多的河流自由奔流, more shoreline where all we can hear are waves. 我们希望世界上有更多的野生动物, 从 the grizzly on the ridgeline to the butterfly in our backyard, 从 the wolf in the forest to the sea otters bobbing in the waves off the coast. 我们想要并且需要更多, 套用爱默生, 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.