from the Right
Environmentalism is not a cause of the political left alone. It is a cause that should be shared by
all of humanity. The question is how we go about implementing solutions, not whether or not there is
For too long, the conservative right has approached environmentalism as if it were an invention of
the left, and as if there are no serious Environmental concerns. This is sheer folly.
True, the political left has grabbed environmentalism as a pet cause and has used this cause to
promote their radical agendas, manipulating the truth to serve their liberal purposes. The reaction
by the right, unfortunately, has been to swing the pendulum in the opposite direction, and to almost
completely deny that there are any serious environmental concerns.
As human beings, given stewardship by God over the care of this planet, we all have a responsibility
toward how we walk upon the earth and how we treat all living things. Each person senses this within
their conscience. Because of this innate understanding, every time the conservatives poo poo
environmentalism, the liberals win sympathy.
As with other issues, the solution to the environmental problems lies with individual
responsibility. The more we renege on this responsibility, the more we deserve the totalitarian
solutions being promoted by the left.
So in our stand for freedom, when it comes to environmentalism, let us offer and provide solutions
through private and free-will means so the liberals don't continue to have a monopoly on this very
Sterling D. Allan
(dietary vegan, and staunch conservative)
Utah; May 18, 2001
The above editorial was published in Salt Lake City's Deseret
News on May 28, 2001.
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