We object to this world (we object) – High Country News – Know the West

Our future is worth fighting for.

sometimes i look up The onslaught of news, which, for those of us who care about things like human rights and a habitable planet, is getting blurred by the day, and I wonder: How did we get here? How is it okay for someone to believe that their fellow human beings have less rights, and for our nation’s Supreme Court to officially agree? when did it become fashion, and legally defensibleFor disregarding the health and well-being of the ecological communities we live in?

The moon shines with smoke from the 2021 Caldor Fire as it burns in the Eldorado National Forest near Pollock Pines, California. The fire burned more than 220,000 acres and destroyed more than 700 homes.

Max Whitaker

I’m thinking of a recent Supreme Court session that has largely attacked women’s rights and downplayed the EPA’s ability to control its dirty energy – both huge steps back for the country. . The immediate and potential future implications of both these decisions have been difficult to digest.

Consider how a delay in climate action will hurt the economies and communities of the West. Our forests, our air, our rivers, our cities, our bodies – Everyone will be affected. Delaying climate action is not what most people in our region want. According to Colorado College’s 2022 State of the Rockies Project, 69% of Western voters feel more worried than hopeful about the future of our land, water, air and wildlife. Two-thirds want their representatives in Congress to focus on protecting resources and natural lands over drilling or mining. Only 7% of voters in our region want to encourage the use of coal, and only 8% want to encourage the use of oil as an energy source.

In other words: we want a different world, not ruled by the constant threat of devastating climate disasters, including wildfires that burn hotter and longer and cause more damage to property and more than in the past. claims life. It is all tied to women’s rights and human rights, because those who are marginalized by systemic racism or sexism or any other stance will suffer more from climate disasters like wildfire than those in positions of power.

Jennifer Sah, Editor-in-Chief

high country news The West is invested in a healthy, equitable and joyful future for all residents – humans, other animals, plants and natural features such as mountains and rivers. We believe that such a world is possible and worth fighting for. That’s why my colleagues and I come to work every day looking for stories that celebrate small victories, as well as ones that keep government agencies and corporations in mind. This vision of a healthy and equitable future is why we do the things we do. And we thank you, dear reader, for being a part of it – and also for believing in a better future.

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