We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Readers know that we Farmers are not Gaia worshippers or fanatics. We are old-fashioned Conservationists, mostly outdoor people, with respect for God's creation and its critters. We don't just talk the talk, we walk the walk when it comes to protection of land.
We burn carbon, too, in all forms. Good stuff to burn. Wood stoves, fireplaces, tractors, boats, furnace, etc.
Nature evolved us humans. We are part of nature.
What we do is adapt to our environment, or adapt our environment to us, whenever possible and desirable.
What we humans is natural, ipso facto.
I, for one, shall not betray my heritage.
PacRim Jim: Nature evolved us humans. We are part of nature.
That doesn't mean humans can't muck up their environment. Nature gave you a brain, and science gave you the knowledge of the effects of unrestrained exploitation. What you do with the knowledge is up to you.
Clean available water, especially where aquifers are being drained at an alarming rate, is an important environmental concern. There are some nasty chemicals we've created which turn out to be harmful in even small amounts. It wouldn't hurt us to be more careful about erosion and monoculture.
This is where our efforts should go.
Current environmental activism is obsessed with issues that are more about attractiveness, expression of values, and punishing people who do not live as they wish. They decide a priori that there is something wrong about how people live in the West, especially America. It must be wrong, because the wrong people not the bookstore clerks, artists, and social workers, have too much status. Automobiles, SUV's, and ughh! - noisy machines - are considered evidence that our values are wrong.
Then we go on a mission to find some reason why they are wrong. The rhetoric has been the same since Mother Earth News and the first Earth Day. The targets change, but so what? Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia.
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Just a note - Bruce Foltz has been writing deeply thought through books about man's relation to the environment that offer a more conservative perspective for 20 yeas. His latest book 'The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible' (2013, Forham University Press) offers a round philosophical critique of the superficial self centered environmentalism that is topping the political and social agenda of our time. His other works include: 'Rethinking Nature: Essays in Environmental Philosophy' (2004, Indiana Press) and Inhabiting the Earth (1995, Humanity Books).
I've been a passionate environmentalist for years. It was one of the great disappointments of my life to see the movement hijacked by AGW, GM food, and other nonsense. It's brought the whole movement into discredit.