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Defenders of Wildlife Calls for Nature Poems to Help Combat Global Warming and Natural Deficit Disorder

Posted Aug 25 2008 8:17am

America’s Natural Lands

Between rural areas which are under permanent military protection and others which have been designated as wildlife refuges, parks and research facilities, the government of the United States is the holder of one of the largest areas of environmentally sensitive lands on Earth.

Sadly, the willingness of that landlord to protect its real estate is subject to political whims, whims so variable, in fact, that they often span partisanship. Sadly, in recent years, lands under the protection of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, have seen levels of neglect reach historic proportions. This neglect comes in two general forms:

1) Failure to provide maintenance of key facilities on public lands, especially in public parks; and

2) Failure to police public lands to prevent illegal activity such as the growing of marijuana.

America’s public lands are a vital tool which can help us combat global warming because, in general, they are left in their original, natural state. Additionally, they offer the immediate palliative effect of fighting natural deficit disorder, a psychological condition which only recently has entered public awareness.

Back in May, I told you about natural deficit disorder and the health effects gained by fighting it. Cycling can be a valuable tool in doing just that. Sadly, though, as I will explain next time, many locations offer few if any safe spots to ride a bicycle.

Defenders of Wildlife

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