Author has written 2 stories for Harry Potter, and Naruto.
“Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free.” Foreword to A Sand County Almanac (1949)
So yeah. Here I am, after years of reading fanfics, finally sucking it up and writing one of my own. Any advice would be appreciated. Especially since I still haven't found out how to get a beta reader. If anyone notices any plot hole or mistakes, or even just thinks some info is missing that I assumed was there, Please. Please, Please. PM me? (please)
As a biology major this has been bothering me for some time, so I thought I'd bring it up here. I want to propose a question to you: What do you know about recent environmental events?
Did you know that in 2000, the European Union banned leaded gasoline as a public health hazard and that less than a month later the Aurul goldmine dam near Baia Mare, Romania overflowed releasing cyanide-laced slurry into the Danube River?
That in 2001, Bill Clinton left the United States presidency after protecting 58 million acres of national forest protected from development and creating eight million acres of land as new national monuments. But also that the National Science Foundation report on Global warming supports previous warnings by scientists?
2009, the US National Park Service and State of West Virginia remove the Blair Mountain Battfield labor history site from the National Register of Historic Places at the request of the coal industry, which intends to strip mine the site.
In 2011 the EPA vetoed a water permit for massive Spruce No. 1 mountaintop removal site in West Virginia. The veto is a major victory for environmentalists and sparks violent rhetoric from the coal industry and its supporters. Don't know what mountaintop removal is check this out --> www.youtube.com/watch?v=izSEIh…
There is more that you can find at www.radford.edu/wkovarik/envh… which has a timeline from 2000 to 2011.
Now I'm not expecting anyone to suddenly up and go live in the woods with no electricity or running, sanitized water and survive off nature's bounty or anything. But would it kill you to turn off the lights when you leave the room? Or turn the thermostat down a few degrees when you're not in the house/apartment? Or you know, recycle or try to carpool a little more often?
"Many people have asked me through the years of struggle how I have kept going, how I have continued even when my ideas and my work were challenged or even ignored. Those of us who understand the complex concept of the environment have the burden to act. We must not tire, we must not give up, we must persist." --Wangari Maathai, The Green Belt Movement
Saving everything environmentally is a nice, but unrealistic dream. The very way we, who live in developed countries, live our lives from day to day prevents that. However to reach a sustainable medium would be nice. While preservation on a large scale is impossible- sustainability, wise usage to ensure a resources continued availability, is not. But it won't be easy. Are you willing to make the changes?
"One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise."