Most of the time we fish because we enjoy it, and because it takes us away from work and any other stresses that life throws at us. We don't give a whole ton of thought to the bigger picture while we are in the process of harassing fish. Even if you are taking the time to stop and look around, are you just looking at your beautiful surroundings? Do you see the bigger picture? The real beauty about our surroundings doesn't just come from giant granite rocks, tall pine trees, and clean rivers. It's the scenery combined with the knowledge of how fragile it all truly is, and how blessed we are to be a part of it. Every time I drive anywhere to fish I get this eery feeling because I realize that we are floating around on "Spaceship Earth". Call me an ignoramus, but I never understood how some "anglers" I have spoken too scoff at the idea of global warming/climate change considering the importance of the subject to the places we fish.
Everything we do affects our planet, and in return we affect the rivers and wild places we love. From the giant gas guzzling cars we drive, to how long we take a shower, to the food we eat. You can play the "Red Blooded American" card all you want and shout freedom, but being free to do the things we want for selfish need or laziness doesn't mean that we are all free from the consequences. Of course, there are measures we can all take to ensure that our children, and their children, and theirs after we are long gone can have a healthy place to live and play. 2012 didn't happen, and there will be no Zombie apocalypse. If you have got this far without closing your internet browser in disgust because I said the words global warming then check out this video of astronauts telling their stories and giving some truly unique and very true perspective about our planet.
OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.