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PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT SHOULD START WITH CONSIDERATION
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First of all, thank you to the Creator for all the life and beauty that he has provided for us.  Also thank you to all who are checking out this web site.  With the help from the Creator, and all of you, I am determined to finish my degree, and am dedicating my life to put my education to use to better the world.  Through awareness and education, I believe that things will improve.  I am very interested in conservation and environmental education. I think that a lot of the problems in the environment and the world today stem from lack of respect. I believe that if people learned to respect the world around them that respect with other people would come natural. Respecting the environment encourages consideration and compassion, and discourages selfishness.  We should practice conservation in everything we do and set an example for others to follow.  Educate the children about respect, conservation and the environment. The teachings and values of the Lakota truly express these beliefs on education, respect, compassion, and consideration.  All people should strive to follow these values remembering that what we have and how we change it, we pass on to future generations.

Buffalo Cow With Calf
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Photo by Lee McDowell

"From Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying life force that flowed in and through all things -- the flowers of the plains, blowing winds, rocks, trees, birds, animals -- and was the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were brought together by the same Great Mystery." (Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota)

The Badlands, South Dakota
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Photo by Lee McDowell

"The Lakota could despise no creature, for all were of one blood, made by the same hand, and filled with the essence of the Great Mystery. In spirit, the Lakota were humble and meek. 'Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth' -- this was true for the Lakota, and from the earth they inherited secrets long since forgotten. Their religion was sane, natural, and human." (Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota)

Below are a few paragraphs from a paper that I wrote for my Environmental Science class at OLC.  The paper was titled,

"PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT SHOULD START WITH CONSIDERATION"

The comlpete paper can be viewed here.

(Standing Bear L.) "But the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon lead to a lack of respect for humans too."  When we are outdoors, no matter where we are or what we are doing, we should reflect on seeing beyond ourselves.  We need to educate ourselves and our families and our friends about the consequences of our selfish behaviors and the injustices we lay on our environment.  (Brovsky S.) “Given the imbalanced state of the environment, the time has come for a new perception of the earth, one that takes into account creatures and things other than ourselves.”  We should be concerned about the areas we visit, leaving it as a reflection of who we are, remembering that we are not the only thing that matters.

On September 18 2004, I took my girlfriend and her kids on an outing into the hills.  I enjoy my trips into the hills, and especially enjoy being able to educate children about the outdoors.  After enjoying a few hours of hiking and a picnic lunch, we decided to take Victoria Lake Road from Highway 385 to Sheridan Lake Road.  I have not taken this road in about twenty-five years, but I can remember taking this road in the early fall as a child.  It was always a nice quiet drive, and we would see a variety of wildlife, and the fall colors where spectacular.  This place was not the same as I remember growing up.  Many things have changed.  These changes, caused by people, are an environmental injustice.  We need to protect our environment by learning to be considerate in the outdoors.  Consideration means concern, reflection, and selflessness.  We parked at Victoria Lake overlook.  When taking our trips as a child, this was one of my favorite places.  As we got out of the vehicle, we could hear the blasts of people shooting their guns at one of the popular shooting areas.  We walked to the edge to enjoy the view.  There was litter everywhere.  We saw empty beverage containers, an old fire pit, home appliances, cigarette butts, and paper.  As we stood at the edge of the cliffs, a group of about six riders on all terrain vehicles, (ATV’s) sped down into the canyon, roared through the bottom, and raced out the other side.  We should be concerned about the impacts we make when we are outdoors.  I am not anti-gun, and I am not against the use of ATV’s for recreation.  I am against pollution and degradation of our environment. 

Want to get in touch? You can send me e-mail at:

rcrenegade@rushmore.com

Please visit my personal web page at: http://www.geocities.com/rcrenegade/

  

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