Google+

All I Want for Christmas is the Beauty All Around!

Okay, we all know that the ‘sappy’ articles arrive during the holiday season. But when you truly think about it, it’s those sappy articles Eaglesthat remind us of how lucky we are to be alive, to be celebrating yet another close to yet another year that was filled with (hopefully) happiness and triumphs found along the way.

And there are triumphs. There are things that we, as a country, can be extremely proud of – especially when it comes to the protection and hard work that many are doing in ALL industries in order to save our environment. There are so many that stand out, it’s almost impossible to list each and every one. So we are going to use a mish-mosh, so to speak, of the beauty that was saved over time.

When a list comes out called, The Endangered Species List, and animals are actually erased from that awful list that once had them on the verge of extinction; or, when National Parks find the money they need to recover, rebuild and even create wetlands for the fish and the vegetation that’s needed in order for the ‘Circle of Life’ to operate; or, even when the pictures that remind one of Ansel Adams appear on the internet beside a ‘Merry Christmas’ card to every one of a person’s friends and/or colleagues – all of these things remind us that we are in one truly magnificent world that we’re continually trying to bring back to life and protect, so that our children’s children can enjoy it just as much as we have.

As we look at the news and see our ladies and gentlemen still risking their lives across the globe, or we watch other countries and their people suffer as the world around them tumbles down, we look at those pictures with absolute anguish. We look at those humans, sites, locations – ancient history that hangs in the balance on a daily basis – and yell or pray, depending on the day.

So for just a second, as the snow falls and the trees and lights go up around the neighborhood, I want us to enjoy the beauty of the tiny harp seal, the mammoth polar bears, the elk and deer wandering in the snow-capped mountains, and that still stunning sight of the bald eagle as it soars above our heads, constantly watching out for our welfare as we move forward in an uncertain world. (Pictures that perhaps, if we’d continued along a certain track, would never have been able to be enjoyed).

I mention the eagle simply because of the love I happen to have for that creature and the triumph it found back in 2007 when it was taken down from that Endangered Species List. America is young – younger than those nations battling on our television sets. And although we do not need a history lesson as to why we became what we became – we can look back on the long history of the bald eagle that grew to become our trademark.

Before settlers sailed to our shores, the bald eagle may have numbered over half a million. They were known to have inhabited large rivers and lakes found within our boundaries, and could be located in approximately forty-five of the lower forty-eight states. They were known to congregate on the lower Hudson, and the sky was filled with their beauty along the coast of Maine.

But as the human population grew, the eagle population faltered and slowly declined. Humans hunted and fished in order to feed their families, leaving food for the eagles in short supply. As houses became a necessity, natural habitats were destroyed, taking away the places that eagles needed in order to nest and hunt. It took until the 1930s for people to determine that the bald eagle population was diminishing and the Bald Eagle Act was passed in 1940 – hopefully in time to stop our trademark that stood for every one of the fighters and survivors in the United States, from being erased.

Pesticides and DDT were the next issues that came into being. The pesticides were all of a sudden being sprayed on plants that were eaten by the prey of the eagle, causing the eagles eggs to either crack or simply not hatch – never creating a new bald eagle that was sorely needed. And up until 1953, bald eagles were killed in Alaska for fear that the salmon population was in danger from their presence.

Over time, however, truly dedicated people and organizations came together and worked hard to help the bald eagle nation as it was officially declared an endangered species in 1967; a move that was considered ‘landmark legislation,’ as it was one of the most important wildlife conservation laws in the world. Everyone should be aware that there are only a handful of animals that have been able to fight their way off the list, but it should come as no surprise that the heroic bird was one of them.

As we continue on into 2013 to fight for everything from sharks to the Bengal Tiger, to working our tails off to build new wildlife preserves and parks that will enable whole habitats to come back into being, we need to take these holiday moments to shut off the television set, put down the newspaper, go outside and simply enjoy. We need to take a long look at the stunning landscapes that surround us and remember that there is always something worth fighting for.

And, by the way, you’re all doing a great job!

Happy Holidays!

www.thegreenregister.com

Entertainment

For movies opening January 20, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening January 20, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS 20th Century Women (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and brief drug use) Tale of female empowerment, set in Santa Barbara during the summer of '79, revolving around the explorations of love and freedom on the part of a landlady (Annette Bening), one of her tenants (Greta Gerwig), … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Concerned Father Creates Children’s Book Series To Help Make Learning About Valuable Black History Information Fun Again

  Concerned Father Creates Children's Book Series To Help Make Learning About Valuable Black History Information Fun Again   Orlando, FL (January 16, 2017) – EOTO Books & Publishing announced today the immediate release of “The Christopher OluFela Series of Books for Kids” written by father and creative children’s picture book author Lee Chavous. The books take a unique approach to inform young readers of a rich African American … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Groundswell for Chazelle!

  Damien Chazelle The “La La Land” Interview with Kam Williams Groundswell for Chazelle! Damien Chazelle wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning Whiplash which landed five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chazelle. The movie won a trio of Oscars in the Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) categories. In 2013, his short film of the same name won the Short Film … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Carolina Skiff at Miami’s Favorite Boat Show

  Carolina Skiff at Miami's Favorite Boat Show By Craig Lamb You might say “new” is a reoccurring theme of Miami’s favorite boat show coming up soon. A new location with hundreds of new boats, including never-before-seen models being debuted by Carolina Skiff, is a great way to kick off the season. Few boat shows offer buyers the chance to see new boats where they ultimately belong—floating on the water in a real time setting. You can … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Can Troy Aikman Win MVP?

  Can Troy Aikman Win MVP? by Amy Lignor   What a strange title for an article, aye? Of course the ‘old man’ of the Dallas Cowboys can’t win MVP. Troy Aikman was an elite QB, with three Super Bowl rings to prove that fact. However, Aikman hasn’t actually suited-up since leaving behind his Cowboys uniform in 2001. The number one overall draft pick in 1989, Aikman was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII, and was elected to the Pro Football … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Spotlight on Africa

  Spotlight on Africa by Amy Lignor   As the year winds down and comes to a close, it is Africa that is receiving some headlines that call for many changes and improvements to be made in the coming years. It was Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya) that spoke recently about the African Union Commission (AUC) and how the group must provide leadership in the coming years. After all, the nation of Africa is, in truth, the cradle … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

    The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World by Amy Lignor   Oh, yes…there are many, many places to travel in order to ring in that New Year in style. Some people have already stated that they see 2017 becoming one of the ‘best of the best’ years the world has ever seen – from technology to business to education to even “going greener” – heck, green has even been chosen as the top color of 2017. But where should you … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

2017 Will Be Green!

    2017 Will Be Green! by Amy Lignor   This statement is not a “hopeful” imagination talking; it is actually quite true. Very recently the Pantone Color Institute declared that green will most definitely be THE color for 2017. This is a company that calls themselves the “global color authority,” and states that everything from high fashion to trends will be on the green path throughout next year. So…when we look at a “green” … [Read More its Good for You...]