Protecting Nature: Step by Step, Bird by Bird


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In the book “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, she tells the childhood story of her little brother, who had to write a school report on North American birds. He procrastinated.

Then, the night before the report was due, her brother finally sat down with his encyclopedias. That’s when he realized how many birds there were to report on. Overwhelmed, he looked up at his dad, and said, “How am I ever going to get this done in time?”

Dad: “Bird by bird, buddy. Bird by bird.”

Sometimes that’s how we all feel, right? We look around and see so many wrongs that need righted. So many issues that need addressed. And we wonder, how will we fix it all?

But it isn’t all doom and drudgery. As we look around, it’s clear. All of the issues we care about — our food, our health, our democracy, pollution, biodiversity, economic justice, habitat protection, climate change — they’re all connected. Fix one issue, and we’re on our way to fixing them all.

Issue by issue. One by one. Bird by bird.

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