I’m not a certified naturalist, nor have I ever taken any classes in ecology or biology. My love for nature is deeply rooted. At a very young age, I learned the importance of all of God’s creatures and people. My mother shared these principles with me by the way she taught me many of the lessons by either telling me stories or letting me attend the school of hard knocks as a kid growing up in rural Florida.
There are two important things mom told me about myself when I was a boy. ”Lil’ Rod you’ll be a jack of many trades and boy, you can do whatever you put your mind, too.” Mom’s been right on target so far.
My businesses in landscaping, fishing and publishing have all been economically centered on the outdoors and Florida’s waters. I mention this because I appreciate my mother’s contributions. “Thanks, mom.”
More often, I’ve been thinking about the countless creatures, flora and fauna, and the plethora of usual things that have made the Indian River Lagoon the North America Continent’s most gloriously unique estuary for the past ten thousand of years.
Simple things like coquina and horseshoe crabs; and elaborate critters like the bottle-nose dolphin and green sea turtles are only a handful of the intriguing parts of one of Mother Nature’s greatest marine nurseries. The more people I talk with about the plight of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) the more I realize how little they know about the important IRL components like coquina and buttonwood trees. How few understand the definition of a watershed; or the harm fertilizers and insecticides are having on our waters nationwide.
What’s wrong with being a tree hugger?
I seriously doubt Donald Trump will ever be considered a tree hugger. He calls himself a businessman, and a mega-developer. As far as I know, Mr. Trump never has professed any serious care for the environment or the droves of professionals signaling the major warning signs concerning its demise.
Ask yourself, “Does our nation need a businessman for president? Would it be good for us?” Businesses are formed to stay in business at all costs, and to be profitable. The very nature of the industrial machine is greed.
Our government, still one of the best of the best in the world, was created with a great sense of humanity. The government has been meant to be a buffer between the needs of the people in represents and the needs of business.
Never in fifty years has our nation faced such challenges. With continuous wars, social distress and climate change we face strenuous opposition from multiple fronts and have major obstacles to overcome. Now is a time our nation longs for a prodigious leader. A person who will place our country’s needs beyond his or her self to do the right things for America and all its people.