Many people know about how global climate change and other human actions are radically altering the climate of the planet and making extreme weather patterns more common. What is the greatest concern to me is how humanity is affecting the local wildlife of almost every community in the world. There are large areas of the world that are directly or indirectly affected by human industry and agriculture, even most “natural” parks and farms have plants, animals, and landscapes that would never have been there without human intervention.
People may love nature, but they often want a form of nature that is human made, the biggest example that comes to mind is Lincoln Park in Chicago. The original idea for the park would have incorporated native plants, but would have had a mown meadow and walkways, but after the government seized the property for military purposes, a hedge of honey suckle was planted that attracted thousands of birds of many different species.
There is ongoing debate on what to do with the land, should the honey suckle, now called the magic hedge by bird watchers, be replanted? Or should the park be used for recreation, or transformed into a pre-Columbian wilderness for conservation? Obtaining a balance of what people want is the hardest thing to do with land sometimes.
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