Las Vegas Sun

June 17, 2019

Currently: 91° — Complete forecast


Conservation is not political

Your Aug. 19 story “Weather events hamper the region’s outdoor recreation” stuck with me as I sweated through my morning bike ride. Like many aficionados of the Southwest’s outdoor opportunities, I’ve spent much of the summer battling the climate — jogging through smog, rolling out of bed to start mountain hikes at dawn, dunking myself repeatedly in the cold Colorado while rafting.

While recreating, I’ve noticed that camping, hiking or riding a ski lift takes me outside my bubble and opens conversations with friendly and helpful people who hold varied political views. Outdoor lovers are diverse. However, we nearly all agree on the value of maintaining beautiful and fun places for our children and future generations to enjoy. Conservation is a wonderful nonpartisan American tradition.

We can help support the future of outdoor recreation in Nevada by taking personal steps to lower our carbon footprint, by supporting pro-environment businesses, or by joining a hunting, fishing, birding or wilderness preservation group.

We also can start talking openly and often across partisan lines about the threats of a changing climate, and work to depoliticize response to climate change.