Essay on Christopher Solomon 's Rethinking The Wild

1544 Words Sep 14th, 2014 7 Pages
Humanity’s relationship with nature periodically shifts between symbiotic and parasitic. We feed off nature in order to survive, and in exchange, we carefully monitor how our behavior affects the environment and the organisms within it. Responsibility is the price we pay for dominance and sentience. To help fulfill this duty, the United States government established the Wilderness Act in 1954 with the intention of becoming passive “guardians” of nature instead of encroaching “gardeners.” Countless acres of wild lands, henceforth referred to as the “wilderness,” were declared off-limits to American industry and placed under federal oversight; the United States hoped that at least some small portion of nature could be free from the influence of man. However, the Wilderness Act failed. In his article, “Rethinking the Wild”, Christopher Solomon questions the effectiveness of the law in the wake of climate change and concludes that, after fifty years of failed guardianship, mankind must take a proactive role in environmental protection, that of the gardener (Solomon 1). Though critics will continue their support of the guardian role, it logically follows that few actions can be taken to manage the environment when mankind refuses take action. Because our species possesses a greater stake in the wilderness than we realize, we must assume the gardener role to secure our interests and uphold our ethical standards.
Boundaries and Investments
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