Some of the great memories of my decade in Green Bay, Wisconsin are fishing for trout on the mighty Wolf River. Or trying to. It was a gorgeous, big, mean, wild river that frightened as much as it promised.
(Wolf River in Springtime)
Fishing buddy Bob Woessner wrote me today telling me to be sure to read the piece by Jim Lee in Sunday's Green Bay Press Gazette. Jim is an outdoor writer for Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers.
I did read it and it certainly gave me lots to think about. Well, to feel about too.
Turns out the Wolf has warmed up considerably. The trout are gone. Almost all of them.They won't be back. I have no doubt that the abundant wildlife that filled the Wolf River area are also severely compromised. Mess up one element in nature's delicate balance and everything caves.
Once again I have this sad realization that the world of nature is getting completely screwed up - and it is happening on our watch.
Ah, the Wolf...
Degradation. I've seen it in the mountains,in the oceans, in the air. I've seen it in the water, in the climate, in the foods we eat. So have you, I suspect.
Global warming is no joke. Neither is pollution. I haven't seen Al Gore's new movie on global warming, but from the reports I hear and read, it is a wise and prophetic masterpiece.
I hope it doesn't sound naive to say that somehow all of us need to get concerned about this. Our influence, our money, our votes, our personal acts of environmental responsibility can begin to make some difference, however limited that may be.
We've allowed an influential segment of our population to make
"tree-huggers", "environmentalists", "greens" into dirty words. We need to courageously reverse that. We need to talk about it - openly. We need to call them out and maybe even resurrect David's heroism vs. Golliath in a modern, American revolutionary form.
Let's stop being afraid. Let's get mad.
It's more than the Wolf. It's the planet.