James Pinsky: It’s not easy saving world

James Pinsky

Hey, you. Yeah, you there with your head down.

Take a deep breath, and let it out. Slowly.

After almost two years of weekly columns, not once have I ever written a word about how easy it is to be a conservationist – because it’s not.

It wasn’t easy in 1573, 1890, 2000 and it isn’t easy now.

Since humans first existed there have been those among us who live for today and those who live for tomorrow – and still some who never truly live at all.

As a conservationist, it has always been our duty to be the makers of tomorrows. As I wrote in a conservation column in 2015, making tomorrows is a lot of work, so much so that we can’t do it alone. We need you, all of you. We need the farmers, but we also need the ranchers, the hunters, the fishermen, the small businesses, the large businesses, county officials, commuters, tourists, youth, elderly and yes – you, the so-called soccer moms and dads who barely have a front yard to help us make tomorrows possible by being good stewards of our precious natural resources. Still, we need more than all of them.

Let me be far more direct today. We need Democrats. We need Republicans. We need Libertarians. We need people who vote and don’t vote. We need taxpayers and tax dodgers. We need children, teenagers, baby boomers, and everyone else who has a pulse. You see, saving our conservation world isn’t a win for the “left” or the “right.” Saving the world is a win for us all, just as much as a loss is total doom for every man, woman, child, beast and bush on this planet.

So …

Now, more than ever, when our division is so well defined, it is paramount that we build bridges between what seems like an impossible gap of ideologies and values. Now more than ever it is necessary we find common ground among the most unlikely potential partners. Now, more than ever, it is mandatory we compel, sway, lobby, and befriend each other to do whatever is necessary to keep doing what conservationists do – make tomorrows.

The late President Ronald Reagan said during his State of The Union address on Jan 25, 1984 this about conservation: “And as we develop the frontier of space, let us remember our responsibility to preserve our older resources here on Earth. Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, it’s common sense.”

Regardless of which way your political flag flies, even if it’s currently at half-mast, we all want tomorrows. We here at the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District will help anyone we can regardless of income, race, gender, hair color, shoe size and yes – political affiliation.

Why? Because helping you make more tomorrows for all of us is the most common sense of all.

James Pinsky is the education and information coordinator for the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. Contact him at 540.465.2424, ext. 104, or james.pinsky@lfswcd.org.