Friday, May 6, 2011

Trampling Nature

As a followup to my recent post about corralling nature,

a study was published this week about how outdoor activity is screwing up the alpine wildflowers. See the article here.  The article also mentions that seemingly all outdoor activities screw up nature from rock climbing (which apparently reduces plant diversity) to winter sports (which "stresses out" wildlife).

Other than offering the black grouse a Valium, its unclear how we should balance our pursuits out in nature and the "concerns" of nature itself. I think Aristotle had it right, oh 2,300 years ago, when he said "everything in moderation". It applies to the food you eat to the way you enjoy the outdoors. Moderation (except when it comes to eating S'mores)!


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