In rescue of one baby bird there is a conservation lesson for us all

In this May 19, 2020, file photo, Aaron Stubbs and his two children watch the sunset at Joshua Tree National Park in California. The Biden administration is outlining a plan to sharply increase conservation of public lands and waters over the next decade. Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

Re “US outlines major new conservation effort: Details sparse on plan to save 30 percent of land and waters” (Page A2, May 7): This month my son’s fourth-grade class rescued an injured baby bird. They worked together to get the bird to our local animal hospital. Their actions represent the knowledge that humans — even young, Minecraft-obsessed humans — understand our connection and responsibility to nature.

While saving a bird may have a small overall benefit to nature, the Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful initiative has the potential to bring huge conservation gains. This historic, decadelong conservation strategy to conserve 30 percent of our lands, waters, and ocean is a call to action for governments and communities, challenging us to work collaboratively toward an America where nature is inclusive, accessible, and climate-resilient.

For years, we’ve watched nature assaulted under economic pretenses. We now know that protecting the lands and ocean that sustain us in fact protects our future. That’s why we must be the ones who write in the details. The climate crisis requires this collaborative work for nature, for equity, for our communities.

If our kids can understand the importance of saving one baby bird, we can certainly answer this call to action to ensure our nation’s important lands, waters, and ocean are here to protect us and the generations to come.

Sarah Winter Whelan

Jamaica Plain

The writer is executive director of the Healthy Ocean Coalition.

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