Now that we’re beginning the third week of a federal government shutdown in the United States it’s about time we start to take a look at what’s at stake when funding suddenly stops. One of the most compelling views of our nation stands to loose can be found in a thoughtful series of videos on the YouTube channel NPS Wilderness: http://www.youtube.com/user/NPSWilderness.
More than 400 national parks and monuments are closed today. And though a few will soon be opened thanks to state governments eager to maintain the flow of tourism dollars it is critical that we recognize the real life circumstances under which our most beloved wilderness areas might one day be shuttered for good. This series of short films, sponsored by the National Park Service and now available online, will hopefully offer viewers a beautiful illustration of the places they love or may one day visit.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, to be celebrated in 2014, now is the time to remind ourselves that we the people of the United States set aside these wild lands for the enjoyment and continued wellbeing of everyone. They were not meant be exploited for the short term financial gain of a few. Nor were they to be used as ransom in attempt to extort political currency as bargaining chips in a high stakes game of brinksmanship. We can not allow our national treasures to squandered away by those who seek only to enrich themselves. By standing together as a nation we can work as a truly united people to project those most precious areas that belong equally to all of us.
“The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.”
~ Edward Abbey
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