Why Didn’t We Listen to Teddy?

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. Attributed to President Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at the rim of the Grand Canyon, May 6, 1903

I recently completed the manuscript of my 1875-76 historical fiction that takes place on the Nebraska prairie. It’s going to my editor next week. This quote is on the introductory page. Sadly, we haven’t learned much in all these years. Some pioneers desecrated their natural resources (think buffalo, dust bowl, trees) and we continue to do so today on a global scale.

We have, indeed, allowed selfish men (and women) and greedy interests to skin our world of some of its beauty and riches. 

Affirmation: I will do what I can to protect my world for my children’s children. 

Coaching questions: What evidence do you see that our world is being skinned of its richness?

What’s one thing you will do about this?

Photo by Dave Hoefler on Unsplash 

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