Maybe you’ve met people that have more money than they know what to do with, but they’re miserably unhappy because they have no time to enjoy all their resources. Maybe you know someone who learned too late that life is short and that there are things like good health and a beloved partner that matter the most. The same concept applies to the world we inhabit. If we don’t have a healthy planet, we don’t have squat.
Thus, I love Patagonia’s campaign in which you can have your photo taken with your own “I vote the environment #because I love” card with your own reasons written in. We don’t have a Patagonia store in Phoenix, but you can make use of the Patagonia web site which links your reasons to Twitter.
In the 2012 Alpine Patagonia catalog, the company states: “Patagonia wants to be in business for a good long time, and a healthy planet is necessary for a healthy business. We want to act responsibly, live within our means and leave behind not only a habitable planet, but an Earth whose beauty and biodiversity is protected for those who come after us.”
They add: “Vote for the world you want to live in.”
I don’t know about you, but I experience a sense of well-being and true wealth when I’m in Nature, surrounded by trees and beauty. I don’t believe that we should have to choose between sustainability and a good economy, but I believe that everything is connected and that we need to consider those connections. And because I was looking for a job in early 2008, well before the election, I remember how awful the economy already was at that point.
I vote the environment #because I love pikas, ravens and wild, healthy rivers.
I vote the environment #because I love my nieces and nephews.
I vote the environment #because I love happening upon a black bear digging grubs from a log on the John Muir Trail.
I vote the environment #because I love glacier-fed lakes and moss-covered trees. Kermode bears. Salmon that can make their way home to spawn before their bodies feed nitrogen into the tip tops of pine trees.
I vote the environment #because I love the idea that my nieces and nephews’ great, great, great grandchildren might be able to experience the same awe and wonder I did standing among ancient oyamel pine trees in Michoacán, Mexico as millions of monarch butterflies lift into the air at the same time.
I vote the environment #because I love three-toed sloths and strangler figs, manatees and floating mangrove islands.
I vote the environment #because I love the Couch’s spadefoot, horned lizards, and aspen trees in the fall.
I vote the environment #because I love clean air, clean water, and hope for a sustainable future. Without those things, it does not matter how much money we have in the bank, we would be impoverished indeed.
To get a better idea of where candidates stand on environmental issues, visit the League of Conservation Voters or the Sierra Club Voter Guide.