"On an early morning run, I find myself alone in a forest of redwoods. I feel utterly insignificant as I run beneath trees that are wider than I am tall, and which have stood proudly as generations of people like me have come and gone. I am struck by the fact that these trees do not require humanity for sustenance, yet we have the power to control their destiny. Despite this capability, I cannot help but think that something about this conquerable natural world will always be greater than me. Something about these tall trees fills me with an unshakeable sense of reverence and awe that makes me want to preserve this snapshot of beauty for its own sake and for the sake of all who will follow me...." Follow this link to keep reading.
By Allie Sibole was a 2012-13 Environmental Ethics Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.