Lately, all I have been hearing about in the media and among conversations with friends and family is the state of our environment. There are active debates on the evening news about the impact we are having on the earth. The questions continue about how quickly things are chaining, if they are in fact changing, or whether or not the actual amount of change that we can bring about in a positive light can save us from the damage already done. There are more than two sides to the story of our planet and it’s current condition, but the fact remains that we are witnessing change in habitats and temperatures.
Will our efforts be enough to turn around the damage that we have caused? And for those of you who think that climate change is inevitable, are we speeding up the process with our coal burning, fuel consumption, rainforest minimizing, and land development? The population surge in the last few centuries has also definitely affected the amount of water and energy that we consume, but we’re not about to stop raising families – that is part of what we are as humans.
So if we’re not slowing down, and we’re not changing much about how we produce and consume energy, what can we do to prevent an absolute climate disaster for our children and grandchildren? One way to help is to become a member of a land preservation society or organization that works to save the environment on your behalf. With your membership, an organization can combine funds to acquire land in order to keep it safe from environmental degradation and development. And if you do such a thing through an organization that is private, that also means that the land purchased will be private and thus kept safe from being bought out or destroyed in some other way.
Land development is one of the biggest contributors to climate change, which is tough for us to swallow as humans because we really do need more places to live and work. As our population grows rapidly, and the older generations are not passing away as quickly anymore, we have met a serious overpopulation problem.
As a member, you can then have access to this private land for outdoor use. You can hike, bike, camp, horseback ride, walk your dog, snowshoe, cross-country ski, or snowboard in preserved lands that you helped to save. This really is a win-win situation. You have access to lands that are beautiful as well as private, and you’re working to end the deforestation and devastation to your environment.
So once you have joined forces with others who also wanted to contribute to positive change in some way, you can visit the lands that you preserve and see the animals that are guaranteed to have a safe home. You will never see any bulldozers or oil wells on this land, nor will you have to pay more than your monthly membership fee to visit. And that membership covers your whole family!