With Privilege Comes Responsibility

The Kitimat River

The Kitimat River

 

Having a fishing license or a hunting license in this country is a privilege that many in other countries around the world do not and will not ever get to enjoy. And, in having that privilege comes the responsibility to be a steward for the environment, to speak up and to protect those very places we enjoy so much.

I’m so very disturbed by the trend of our current government to stamp it’s feet on the environment at any cost as long as economic development needs are met. We have 2 choices: we can either be one of those people who have a fishing and hunting license whose sole purpose is to exploit the resources, fish the lakes and streams until the fish are no more, hunt the game until we have to travel thousands of miles north to see the animals that used to roam here freely, or we can choose to be a voice for the wild places and the creatures that inhabit them. Just like having a driver’s license is a privilege, if you choose not to abide by the rules of the road, you will lose it. It’s my opinion that if you choose not to respect nature, take care of her, so that your children and your children’s children can enjoy the same things you do, then so should you lose that privilege. Are you a responsible user or an abuser?

As a photographer I do what I can to spread awareness of how lucky we are to be able to enjoy wild places, and how important it is to respect and protect them. Unfortunately, the current trend in our government today is to separate the gap between rich and poor, to exploit resources at an astounding rate, appease the masses by creating a few hundred jobs here and there, and keep that economic wheel turning even if it means our own eventual destruction, poisoning the air we breathe and risking crude oil spills into sensitive and precious ecosystems that can never be recreated once gone.

I’m not saying that economic growth is a bad thing, but is it too much to ask supposedly intelligent human beings who run our country to look for a better way to keep our economy going without killing ourselves and everything else in the process?

Maybe it is…after all, I’m just one of those radical, extremist, environmentalist types who who bows to foreign influence and who is trying to undermine Mr. Harper and Mr. Oliver’s economy. My being a Canadian doesn’t seem to count for much.

Keep those picture of wild places coming everyone!

Happy shooting,

Doug

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