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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Nature, And The Nature Of Environmentalism

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          Most people live their life surrounded by concrete, not nature. Some have racked up over a million miles of driving (flying) time during work in their various industries, and wear it like a badge of honour. I have personally moved in and out of apartments and cities, from some of my family and closest friends, forcing a cross-country drive anytime I want to see my grandparents and childhood mates.

Since childhood, my upbringing has involved my grandparents entreating me to become a true salt-of-the-earth person. Their aim; to spare the innocent future generation the likelihood of being hit with disasters not of their making. Even today, my grandparents do little long-distance travelling (if any). They may not drive an electric vehicle, but with their local lifestyle, my grandparents naturally have a pretty low-carbon footprint.

Some deem this lifestyle a parochial one.

Somewhere along the line, some people decided that lifestyles like those of my grandparents, rooted in small towns and content to stay there, were inferior and unsophisticated. We did this with little respect for the connection to the natural world around them that they may have, and without acknowledging the low-carbon footprint of their local ways of life. Yes, cities are the future for sustainable living, and being exposed to the world is important; yet, I am of the opinion that not seeing the benefits of such a lifestyle is short-sighted and hypocritical.

In his masterpiece “Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth,” Edward O. Wilson uses the term naturalist to refer to the type of person that he believes will be central to preserving the diversity of life on earth. To Wilson, naturalists include hunters, fishermen and agriculturalists. Wilson believes that those that have a deep understanding of and connection to nature are most likely to be successful in protecting it.

And the irrevocable fact is, Nature is in dire need of protection.

Thus, it is important for a new policy framework of enforcing environmentally friendly land use practices across countries, therefore be given an urgent priority (i.e. an integrated land use/ecosystem approach to conservation as the focus) to safeguard and protect the environment for both current and future generations.

This is not a simple matter of choice, I’d think, it is an obligation and responsibility we as a people must uphold and be held accountable for.

I very much respect those who take the mantle of championing the revival and maintenance of the purity of the natural environment.

We all have a responsibility to employ all means possible to check and resist the destruction on the environment for our own good and for the good of posterity. And whiles the oft-quoted saying “when the last tree dies, the last man dies” has now become a mere cliché, it must be noted that we destroy ourselves by destroying the environment. 

My simple question to you my reader is….Have you ever planted and/or do you safeguard trees? If not, then might I say it’s never too late!!!!!.

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Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante (FOKA)https://fokawrites.com
Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante is an avid reader, kopite, web designer/developer, journalist and sports writer. He is an art and poetry lover, whose favorite pastime is to watch his beloved REDS conquer all of England, Europe and the World. P.S. Not necessarily in that order.
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