People don’t protect what they don’t know, what they don’t come to love.
— Kai Hagan, My Wilderness
A few days ago I received an email from The Wilderness Society that I want to share. Please watch the short video. It is only 1:45 long, but Kai tells why he loves wilderness and why he feels wilderness is important. If more people would tell their own stories, either on video like he is doing, on blogs, on personal social networking pages or even just when talking with friends or neighbors, others too would recognize the role of wilderness in their lives. They too would begin to see the importance of preserving wilderness. Without speaking up, everyone assumes that they are alone in their love of and ties to wilderness rather than seeing it as a common experience and need. Only when individuals recognize the need for wilderness in their own personal lives, bring that out in the open through discussions such as those suggested above, will society as a whole determine the need for wilderness which will require protection and preservation. Economic and political powers will trample it down otherwise. PLEASE watch, PLEASE speak.
Kai Hagan was an urban DC city kid who relished childhood outings to his grandparents cabin in the Catoctin Mountains nearby. His adventures then are what fuel his passion for protecting local wild places now.
A former county commissioner, Kai has taken his childhood epiphanies about the importance of wild places and translated them into his life’s work advocating against urban sprawl and connecting local communities to the wilderness in their own backyards.
Kai is one of the faces of my wilderness, a national public awareness campaign, which is aimed at reconnecting all Americans with the wild places they love so that they come together to protect them.
Thank you for being a part of this important movement of wilderness enthusiasts.
The Wilderness Society