Standing Up For Nature Is Fighting For Our Lives

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Barn Owl in flight - Standing Up for Nature


There are days when I simply do not have much to say out loud and on those days I often have a river of tumultuous thoughts flowing through my mind. Today is one of those days.

I can’t help but think of how blessed I have been in my lifetime to love the natural world, to be in it, part of it and to record it with my camera. To have lived in the 70’s when people awakened enough to fight for the water, the land, the birds, the animals and for our future. To have seen and recognized the environmental impact we have on nature and the planet and actually do something about it.

People who are environmentally conscious and whom respect and love nature already know this, they are my sisters and brothers at arms. They know that when we stand up for nature we are fighting for our lives. And not just human lives but every living being.

Then I wonder how we can reach, teach and educate those who are not aware or simply do not care about how our actions affect this planet when science is scorned and disregarded, when intelligent, compassionate people who care about the future of our world are called tree huggers or environmental terrorists, when profit is placed before our health and the health of the world we live in. When facts are called hoaxes and the truth is ignored.

Maybe we will never reach those with closed minds and are wasting our efforts and valuable energy with them and should focus instead on teaching our children and young adults the value of taking care of our home, our planet. They are the ones who will be here when we are gone and what happens today will have the most effect on them and their lives.

I know what I want, I want the world to be as good if not better for my grandchildren and their children than it was for me in my lifetime and for every child everywhere. I want them to have clean water and air, wild places and to see animals and birds outside of zoos and aviaries.

I want them to be able to smell the earthy aroma of a forest, dip their toes in a cold, clean stream, climb a mountain, watch the desert awaken at sunrise, be dazzled by the stars on a velvety dark night and hear the sounds of a vibrant, healthy world with their own ears.  They deserve it.



  1. Laura Culley January 13, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    We must, simply must, stand together and make our words heard and acted upon NOW! I used to think it was time for me to hand over the responsibility for this fight to younger generations, but at this time of dire need, we ALL must stand and fight!

  2. Utahbooklover January 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Nice image and topic. I share your concerns and also appreciate living in an age that has many vocal conservationists. I think there is hope for the future as more people are seeing the light; take climate change for example: more are seeing the extremes in weather and taking action.

  3. Elephants Child January 12, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you. Perhaps if we learned to look at Nature as something we are part of, rather than something separate? When we despoil it we despoil our future.

  4. MareBear January 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

    One of your most beautiful and meaningful photographs. Thanks as always for posting!

  5. Azstu January 12, 2018 at 11:20 am

    So Well Said.

  6. Walt Anderson January 12, 2018 at 11:14 am

    We have to speak for those whose voices, sweet as they are, are not heard by the decision-makers. We need nature and wildness to complement humanity. It is a crime against nature and humanity to only “think of humans.” Thanks for your clear voice and gorgeous photos.

  7. Jane Chesebrough January 12, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Well said.

  8. Marty K January 12, 2018 at 9:41 am

    This. Exactly. Thank you for your eloquence.

  9. Cindy January 12, 2018 at 9:25 am

    So beautifully written Mia. I too am concerned as I see our earth change and in my lifetime. As a child I was bothered by those that littered from their car windows. Even then I knew it was wrong, that our earth was too beautiful to spoil. Your work matters Mia. Your art is a gift to the world and we thank you for it. You give us hope that those who truly love our earth will win in the long run.

  10. Liz Cormack January 12, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Well said, Mia. One would hope that the powers-that-be would be listening, but alas, I don’t think they are.

  11. Catherine January 12, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Thank you for speaking up.

  12. Patty Chadwick one of my favorite birds January 12, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Amen!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

  13. Glen Fox January 12, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Thank you Mia, sister in what may become the fight for our very lives!

    Your words reflect my thoughts on my life ..I’m now in my mid-70s. I also have 3 wonderful little grandchildren and my wishes for them also mirror your well chosen, sincere words. I have difficulty looking at them without apologizing for the mess we have made of this world.

    If any of you wonder how we got here, I recommend the following article from the David Suzuki Foundation ..Consumer Society No Longer Serves out Needs.

    Added a link to the article to the article Glen mentioned:

    • Cindy January 12, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Thank you Glen. Will look for the article.

  14. Marie Read January 12, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Thanks for this very eloquent plea for well being of the earth and all its creatures…

  15. Steve January 12, 2018 at 7:43 am

    thank you Mia, well said, regardless of how bad a situation is, it will change, it cannot last forever.

    • richard January 12, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      That’s right Steve . . . degradation’s accelerating, at this rate our natural heritage won’t last a century let alone “forever.”

      Good to see the word FIGHT in this post. “I SHARE YOUR CONCERN” by itself, worsens matters.

  16. Ian Holland January 12, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Well put, Mia. Thank you

  17. Robert Bender January 12, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Thank You!

    • Mia McPherson January 12, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Robert, I hope you got my reply to your inquiry, the answer is you have my permission in case you didn’t.

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