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Jane Peterson letter: Spurge to wildlife fund is unjustified

Recently, The Forum editors gave a "Leafy Spurge" to the World Wildlife Fund. The "Spurge" could be interpreted as: The World Wildlife Fund reports are always dire, their predictions never come true, so don't give a second tho...

Recently, The Forum editors gave a "Leafy Spurge" to the World Wildlife Fund. The "Spurge" could be interpreted as: The World Wildlife Fund reports are always dire, their predictions never come true, so don't give a second thought about how you're living. Keep on doing what you're doing and everything will be fine as long as we can ignore these pessimistic organizations. It ended with the phrase telling the WWF to "Go hug a tree."

I never thought of the phrase "Go hug a tree" as a condemnation. Is it similar to "Go take a hike" or "Go jump in the lake?" These sound like good ideas to me.

It was irresponsible of The Forum to disregard a complete organization and suggest that we're coasting smoothly now in a cleaned up environment with resources aplenty. Perhaps the WWF hasn't always been 100 percent accurate, but isn't it better to err on the side of the earth and a sustainable future?

We owe respect to the WWF for raising awareness and motivating individuals and groups to be pro-active with environmental issues. The work of the WWF has safeguarded hundreds of species, saved millions of acres of wildlife habitat and encouraged general appreciation of nature. It has been and continues to be effective in involving governments on the importance of managing climate change, conserving and restoring natural eco-systems, promoting energy efficient technologies, reducing pollution and waste, and working toward sustainable uses of natural resources.

Humans are currently using 20 percent more natural resources each year than can be regenerated. Much cleaning up has been done, but there is more to do. Human overpopulation causes us to make hasty, detrimental decisions resulting in such acts as wiping out millions of trees and plants that have unknown medicinal or other uses to the point of extinction. Thousands of animals lose their lives because of the way we choose to live.

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Why not publish WWF reports to help inform people of environmental news? Ultimately, we need to adopt the attitude that the earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth. I suggest we all go jump in a lake, take a hike, and hug a tree!

Jane Peterson

Fargo

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