of Action. This is a well-worn strategy that is mostly used ineffectively. That's not a recent trend; change has been accelerating since the paleolithic era. What Wordsworth described was nothing less than a religious experience, akin to that of the Old Testament prophets as they conversed with their wrathful God. Among the core elements of the frontier myth was the powerful sense among certain groups of Americans that wilderness was the last bastion of rugged individualism. The same is less true in the gardens we plant and tend ourselves: there it is far easier to forget the otherness of the tree. In 2006, ecoAmerica, a conservation marketing group, commissioned SRI Consulting Business Intelligence to conduct a comprehensive survey of Americans' environmental values related to everything from health, animals, global warming, taxes, and more. Lest one doubt that the old biblical metaphors had been turned completely on their heads, listen to John Muir attack the dams defenders. Young children learn through the sounds, scents, and seasons of the outdoors." Taking cues from the preschool's success in engaging children, an increasing number of nature centers plan to add preschool programs not only to meet the demand for early childhood education but also. The dream of an unworked natural landscape is very much the fantasy of people who have never themselves had to work the land to make a livingurban folk for whom food comes from a supermarket or a restaurant instead of a field, and for whom. This is largely a tautology but worth remembering all the same: change that matters usually comes from an unforeseen quarter.
William Cronon, the Trouble With Wilderness ;
In reminding us of the world we did not make, wilderness can teach profound feelings of humility and respect as we confront our fellow beings and the earth itself. Instead of trying to point yourself in the right direction, admit you have no idea what the right direction is, and try instead to be super sensitive to the winds of change. The planet is a wild place and always will. I wrote of the severe poverty experienced by the people on the reservation, and the lack of access to voting booths during the most recent election. So I don't even try to predict.