When I visited Washington, DC several years back with my two daughters, we were common tourists. We walked around the mall, leaned against Washington's Monument with our arms stretched out looking straight up, visited Lincoln's Memorial, and read out loud the magnificent words of Jefferson in the rotunda of Jefferson Memorial. But, one thing that stopped me in my tracks were words—a rumination—I never heard before. To me, they are hallowed words, words to move mountains and change the course of rivers. Words to change the consciousness of a collective people. Words that resonated deep in my soul because these words make me think. If you look at the picture to the right, these are the words that struck me in a most powerful way (so much so, I took a picture). Words that sink deep in my consciousness, and make me think of the plight our natural world finds itself. I love these words, as when I read them, it makes me think of what I can do to protect our environment.
Whether your an environmentalist, conservationist, politician, or somebody who is passionate about protecting our natural resources, it's good to know about the people who set the table and brought environmental concerns to the forefront. Russell E. Train is one of those people. His words ring true today just as much as the words of Lincoln or Jefferson. When you read Russell's words, take a moment to think about what they really mean. Think about how you can contribute to protecting and preserving our natural resources. The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil in which we grow our food. Ponder. Poise. Practice. And ask yourself, what can I do?