For starters, hold on to good thoughts and healthy visions of the future.
In the wake of the stunning results of the U.S. presidential election this week, many of us in America and around the world are dealing with grief, struggling to explain the outcome, and trying to determine sensible responses and positive actions that can ease the pain.
President Obama and Secretary Clinton have set fine examples for the country as a whole and ones that those of us in the ecological restoration arena can aspire to in our lives and work.
For instance, we may need to clear our heads and we must stay sane and kind. It may help to visit a favorite natural area, a local ecological restoration project, or just work in our gardens.
Now, more than ever, we must support our local environmental groups, protect existing restoration projects/natural areas, and speak out for state and federal natural resource management agencies.
We must act locally and globally to slow climate change, and resist attempts to roll back decades worth of hard-won environmental protections and progress.
Ecological restoration is a values and social-cultural project. And through our continued ecological restorations–especially community and neighborhood-based restoration–we can enhance civic engagement, strengthen social and cultural connections within our communities, and enhance democratic values and human rights.
We need to stay in the game.