Sustainable farming and ranching has always been part of my family’s history. They knew how important it was to care for the land so that future generations could live off its natural resources. That was their livelihood. A sustainable land is part of my upbringing and ethics. It’s worked for small family farms for generations and it can work for us all. Our natural resources are not unlimited and should not be taken for granted. Sustainable practices are the future that will make our community and country self-sufficient.
Climate change is real and needs to be taken seriously because it poses a direct threat to our jobs, health, and security. Unlike Congressman John Carter’s stance, we can demonstrate what caring for our environment means. Trump trashed the Paris agreement, but that should not prevent us from stepping up to implement that agreement in our homes, businesses, communities and cities. John Muir, one of our early naturalists in America, knew how vitally connected we all are to this planet. He noted, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” True then, and still true today. So, let’s show the world that we do cherish our planet and will take care of it now and for the sake of future generations so life can continue among all species globally. I believe we all want to provide our future generations some of the same opportunities to experience the many splendors of this planet that we can see and experience today. Let’s all be good stewards of the land that we depend on.