When it comes to protecting the environment, conservationists have their arguments at the ready:
When it's all said and done, these are rational arguments. But perhaps rational arguments are useless these days.
Which is what makes this call-to-action video — created by the land lovers Hipcamp —so righteous: it appeals to the emotional side. It’s an ode to nature shot in some of our country’s most beautiful locations. The narrated script is an abbreviated version of a letter that novelist Wallace Stegner drafted to Congress in 1960, which helped establish the Wilderness Preservation System in 1964. Seriously, take a few minutes and watch it:
If the letter shows anything, it’s that our country was tamer in matters of civil discourse back then. But it’s how Stegner frames his call for conservation as a spiritual need that I think should appeal to people today, as it did then. Many Americans are scared of what technology is going their jobs and way of life. Stegner speaks to — and almost presages — these concerns, and with a tone and style that’s as soothing as a pastor’s sermon to the converted.
Here's to hoping this video sparks in you a call to action, as it did for us.