Week 17: Our Future

Children

Perhaps the observation that “children are the future” is cliche. Still, the future depends on the proper training and nurturance of children. They have little power except for their appeal to adult sensibilities are subject to adult whims. Especially in a time of increasing alienation, reconsideration of our treatment of
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Sustainability

If we use our fuel to get our power, we are living on our capital and exhausting it rapidly. This method is barbarous and wantonly wasteful, and will have to be stopped in the interest of coming generations. The heat of the sun’s rays represents an immense amount of energy
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Diversity

Biodiversity has produced the world as we know it. Our lives would not be the same at all without it. In a time when biodiversity is threatened, awareness, mindfulness and careful stewardship of biodiversity is essential to the future of life on Earth.
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Preserving and Stewarding Nature

We owe a great debt to those who have worked to preserve the natural environment. The national park movement is only a small part of this effort but its symbolism is important, as is the preservation of large tracts of remaining wilderness.
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Chronicling Nature

Others have focused on chronicling nature, mainly through the written word and pictoral images.
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Appreciating Nature

You shall find a fuller satisfaction in the woods than in books. The trees and the rocks will teach you that which you cannot hear from the masters. [Bernard of Clairvaux, Letter CVI, to Master Henry Murdach.] The mountains are calling and I must go. [John Muir, Letter to Sarah
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Future

We humans like to believe that we have control over the course of our lives. The point of human Faith in this model is that we can build and shape our lives through positive action. However, there are important caveats. We live in the broader context of nature, in a
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