Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural by Martin Keogh (editor)

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We all stood staring, trying to fix our vision. The color, the shape, the size, everything about a morel resembles a curled leaf lying on the ground among a million of its kind. Even so, the brain perceives, dimly at first and then, after practice, with a weirdly trenchant efficiency. You spot them before you know you’ve seen them. This was the original human vocation: finding food on the ground. We’re wired for it. It’s hard to stop, too. Our friends Joan and Jesse had traveled a long way that day, and their idea of the perfect host might not be a Scoutmaster type who makes you climb all over a slick, pathless mountainside with cat briars ripping your legs.

Fifth reason: Encouraging people to protect the environment and have fewer children can’t hurt. It’s bound to be doing some good, because it’s keeping the earth a little greener. The more wildland we can keep intact—and Canada has the most in the world—the better the chance that at least a few human beings will survive the disaster ahead. Perhaps they will be within procreating distance of one another. Sixth reason: There is always the possibility, remote but still there, that governments may come to their senses and try to turn things around.

Wishing to sustain this situation leads me to keep sparring with the local despoilers. Unable to really stop them, I try to slow them down as they plunder Jasper National Park, my home, for money. I keep on keeping on, and perhaps you should, too. Why? First reason: The world is worth it. Our species, remarkable and admirable in so many ways, is worth it. Mostly, though, Mother Nature is worth it. No matter how beleaguered she is, there is always beauty to be found in her. If I can help to preserve little bits of the natural world, those places will provide pleasure to anyone who goes there, including me.

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