Stop Politicizing my Planet! A Conservative Woman’s Environmental Concerns

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Tuesday evening, I sat in the living room with my parents, glued to Fox News as our nation’s votes were tallied. For hours, we watched the back and forth tug-of-war between key swing states like Florida and Pennsylvania. Trump…Clinton…Trump…Clinton.

At 8:30 PM, like the lightweight that I am, I went to bed. I couldn’t take it anymore. At midnight, I woke up from a conservative’s nightmare. Hillary Clinton won the presidency. I realized it was a dream and forced myself to go back to sleep. At 4:30 AM, I had the same dream.

So, I googled the results…

Donald Trump won the presidency. I blinked at my screen in the darkness. Not only that, the Republican Party maintained control of both the House and the Senate. I blinked again.

Was this the dream?

At last, I thought, we were in a position to fix this economic hell-hole. It was what I wanted.

As a die-hard conservative, I was so ready for this political shift in power. But then, just as quickly as I became excited, suddenly I became very nervous. And that made me feel very guilty. And for the last 48 hours, I’ve reflected on why.

As a die-hard environmentalist, I at last…begrudgingly…acknowledged that it was because this new power shift threatened everything I’ve been working so hard to preserve. No, environmentalism is not at the top of President Elect Trump’s priority list.

But if this year and election cycle has taught me anything, it’s that anything can happen. This is the year. This is the term we stop politicizing our planet.

Years ago, our natural, human love for the environment became political. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” somehow became liberal propaganda. It slowly became uncool for us chicks on the right to hug trees. Later, alternative energy became laughable. Unrealistic. A dream. Likewise, “rabid” climate change advocates suddenly threatened the American Dream.

The conservative in me was ashamed to acknowledge that this Republican administration scared me. But, at last, I’ve come to terms that it’s not me.

I refuse to feel shame for my environmental passion…

radicalism…

extremism…

Call it what you may. Environmentalism was never an issue that deserved or warranted this partisanship.

To the Trump Administration, I say this is the year. No longer can we allow ourselves to say that the preservation of this planet is the result of some left-wing, extremist agenda. No longer can we ignore the science, the melting, the droughts, the fires, the earthquakes, the growing frequency of natural disasters worldwide, the deterioration of our country’s history and landscape.

President Elect Trump has stated that he will invest in our nation’s infrastructure. To that, I say YES! Protect our national monuments, historic buildings, memorials, parks, forests, seashores and World Heritage Sites.

Grow this economy! And Dammit…Give our National Park Service the funding it deserves.

This land is our legacy. It’s not some liberal ideology to save this planet. It’s our civic duty.

Stop politicizing my planet.

This affects us all.

It’s time to act like it.

@Barefoot_Bonhomie.

 

2 Comments on “Stop Politicizing my Planet! A Conservative Woman’s Environmental Concerns

  1. I am so happy to hear these words coming from a serious conservative voice. My positions as you have correctly characterized them have had no traction with My congressional representatives (Bill Flores) because of my liberal leaning position. I just get really disturbing form letter responses along with requests for $.
    We do have to protect and value our public lands and support the national heritage that is our National (and State) parks. USA is the country that lead the way to public land preservation and national parks.
    Be strong. Be loud. To minimize the risk of diluting your message I will remain quietly in the background until you call on me when needed.

  2. Hey! I found your site through the Bloggers Supporting Bloggers FB page and I had a poke around – I really like your point of view.

    With regards to this article, great write up. As a pretty liberal person myself, it was good to again see we have some allies on the right with regards to the environment. That’s always heartening. You are totally right, it is NOT a political planet. It’s a damn planet, and if we want to keep living on it, we’re going to have to start treating it like the home that it is. You don’t track dirt into your house every day, and expect it to magically disappear, do you? No, exactly. We’ve got to clean up the dirt tracked into our home, the Earth.

    On a related note – I’m curious about your opinions of the administration’s performance in the environmental field – from my point of view, it looks pretty bleak. Rolling back administrative rules, drilling, attempting to nullify national monument designations going back several administrations, proposing to (but not succeeding in) cut a third of the EPA’s budget (and similarly for NASA and NOAA).

    Generally, though, I really enjoyed reading this article, and as I always say, environmentalism and conservation are the conservative stances! Keep fighting! It’s good to know you’re out there and stay in touch!

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