Between the time I was born and the time I entered kindergarten, we lost John and Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But we also gained: the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and The Wilderness Act. Even amid the loss and disarray (rioting in our cities and body counts in a senseless war being my earliest memories of television), there was the promise of freedom and wholeness.
Louise Tucker may be tearful and sleep-deprived this morning, but she assures me she couldn’t be more joyful. Louise, like much of the world, proudly watched President-Elect Barack Obama make history last night, sealed by his humble message that “This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change.”
For me, the real promise of an Obama presidency is the promise of unity.
We may not always agree, but working together to protect the lands we own in common — the lands that benefit so many in so many ways — can be very unifying work.
I am also grateful for the new, collaborative leadership that President Obama has promised for Washington. I’m hopeful that style will extend to Congress as Washington attempts to address the many complex challenges in America’s future.
Every year, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Park is witness to a marvelous event that portrays life in all its majesty...the beginning of life itself.
From May to November, birds such as the American Oystercatcher and reptiles like the Green Sea Turtle choose Cape Hatteras’ white sands as their nesting grounds. Green Sea Turtle nesting takes place during night at two to four-year intervals. It is also during nighttime that hatchlings emerge and waddle toward the sea.
In mid-October, I represented The Wilderness Society at the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalists in Roanoke, Va. The conference included several sessions on global warming issues.
It was no surprise that R.K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Nobel-prizewinning panel whose report warned the world about the impacts of global climate change, had some sobering words for environmental journalists gathered there.
Tahoe National Forest, just northwest of California’s Lake Tahoe, is a place that refreshes the soul. Rugged beauty, quiet backcountry trails and the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains all create a peaceful experience for visitors to cherish.
Getting outside the beltway is always a pleasure for someone who makes a living protecting America’s wild and beautiful places. It’s doubly rewarding when you have a chance to share an award with a government official and meet all kinds of people committed to the cause of conservation.