Conservation is for Everyone

As early as 1906, conservation has been part of America’s priorities. President Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to have a serious interest in preserving our natural resources. During his presidency, he set aside 230 million acres for purposes such as national parks, bird sanctuaries, forest reserves and national monuments. The American Antiquities Act of 1906, created under his administration, allows presidents to declare federal lands for such purposes. Among other accomplishments, President Roosevelt developed the United States Forestry Service and signed into law the creation of five national parks. In the 1930’s President Franklin Roosevelt continued the conservationist ideals of his predecessor. In 1937, the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration act was passed, providing funding for states to develop and implement their own conservation projects. Protecting our natural resources was a topic on which both republican and democratic presidents agreed.

Then came the 1970’s, and with the creation of the FDA, politics entered the world of conservation. Of course, when that happened, a topic on which people agreed became a topic on which people became divided. Has politics ever helped anything? Conserve is the root word of conservation and conservative, but conservatives for the most part have made conservation a liberal issue. What a shame. I learned of a group called REP America (Republicans for Environmental Protection), and they do believe in protecting our natural resources. Their philosophy reads: “We are Republicans. We share a deep concern for the environment. We know that a healthy environment and a sound economy are both essential to our nation's prosperity. We believe that by working together, we can preserve both our environment and our economy for current and future generations of Americans. We support and vote for Republican candidates who share these values and concerns.” Before researching this topic, I didn’t know this group existed. I wish they had a larger presence and a louder voice in the party.

Conservation should not be a political issue. We have one planet to call home and we are destroying it at a rapid pace. Rainforest deforestation is a huge issue, as 40-75% of all biotic species are indigenous to them. Did you know that 28% of all our oxygen comes from rainforests? Clean water is a big problem in third world countries, but water availability is becoming a problem, even in America. Some of our great rivers no longer make it to the ocean, and draught has become a big problem in many of our cities. It is a clear fact that we cannot drill our way to energy independence, so rather than protecting big oil interests, why are we not investing more of our federal resources in wind, solar, geothermal and biomass? Politics, that’s why. Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for no more than six months worth of oil is not the answer. Ask the victims of hydraulic fracking in Pennsylvania what they plan to do since they can no longer drink or even bathe in their water due to methane gas and other chemicals polluting their wells. We must protect and conserve our natural resources and come together as people, not political parties, who refuse to sell out our planet for the monetary gain of a few. Energy is a necessity for everything we do in our day to day lives, but clean, sustainable energy is a solution we can not afford to ignore. I hope we make our voices heard, not just for ourselves, but for generations to come.

The Conservation Song

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Comments 13 comments

TL 4 years ago

Never thought about the word "conserve" and the way most conservatives approach conservation before! Great article as always. You're right! It should not be a political issue! So awful about the folks in Pennsylvania not being able to bathe in or drink local water!


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thanks for stopping by TL!You should see the documentary Gasland....it is sickening what fracking is doing and worse, the EPA does not have any authority in the water standards of fracking(set up by the Bush administration)


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Good hub, Pickles. Way back in the sixties I became an environmentalist, hardcore. I had several magazines coming. It became a chore keeping up, plus they all were begging for money and after people to write letters. I haven't changed my mind about the environment but I no longer am active. Plus. making a living got in the way. But about fracking. Right now North Dakota is "enjoying" an oil boom (notice the sarcastic quote marks) and "fracking" is going on at high speed, and did you know about the gazillions of gallons of water needed for even one oil well? I read it, couldn't believe it, and don't remember how much. What I do know hundreds/thousands of people are flocking to western ND for jobs. This comment is turning into a letter to the editor so I will quit. Thank God I live in the eastern part...safe for now....

But thank you for being aware and trying to do something about it.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Hi SubRon7, thanks for your comment. Like you, I could go on forever. Yes, it takes over a million gallons of water per well and then the water is contaminated and unusable, plus they have to store it somewhere and now are having problems in some places with it too leeching into the groundwater. We are SO screwing up and once again, it will be the little guy who pays with loss of livelihood and illnesses that no company will pay for. By the way, rather than writing letters, we activists email our complaints now....much easier..come back!


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DREAM ON 4 years ago

A very important subject that is easily forgotten in our day to day world.We continue to clear land for houses and big developments.I love that we have reservations set aside to perserve the love of nature.Thank you for reminding us that we have to help perserve nature now before it is too late.Recycling helps reduce waste but some how when big business gets involved it becomes a matter of money not as much as save the environment.Thank you again for opening my eyes to see the sad conditions in other places where we destroy nature and how it affects so many.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Another great hub pickles;you never disappoint and I vote you up up and up up and away.

Take Care my friend.

Eddy.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thank you so much Dream On and Eddy for your gracious comments. I always appreciate you stopping by!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Excellent and so interesting.. You have taught me so much in this hub. thank you

voted up

Debbie


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

So glad to hear you got something out of it Deborah!! Thanks for stopping by!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

You have highlighted importance of conservation very nicely. I do not know about American experience, but in my country, there are intense discussions about conservation.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

Thanks for your comments Vinaya. Indeed it is an important topic all over the world as we are all connected.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

See, I knew if I stopped by I would find something interesting to read. Great hub about a subject that is important to me. You are right of course; this should never be a political issue.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va Author

thanks so much for stopping by Billybuc!! So glad to see you!

I know it shouldn't be political!

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