Call of the wild: Who will answer?

December 26, 2004

A normal wrap up of the year’s environment would include a list of acres purchased or not, wetlands protected or not, initiatives started or not. The year 2004 deserves a closer look.
“We can’t even describe what we’re seeing,” said Sheila Watt-Cloutier to Reuters recently because her constituents, Inuit natives, have no words in their language for the impacts of global warming they are directly witnessing.

In the majority party—those leaders who believe that self-interest expressed through the marketplace protects the air, water and natural resources better than rules and regulations—a significant subset also believes failure to protect the environment is good news, signaling the long-awaited Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »