For my fifth day in a week of nature photography I chose a picture of the downtown Portland waterfront. You might think this isn’t nature. If so, I have a few points:
- Humans are not outside of nature. We are as much a part of nature as any other species. Would you consider an ant hill or a tropical reef to be nature? Portland is a human reef.
- Our activities impact the habitat of others, but we are not the only species that does this. And we can be smart enough1 to minimize our impact.
- Living in more dense groups decreases the total land mass needed for human dwellings, industry, and infrastructure. This helps preserve more of what many would call nature.
- Yes, I’m being contrarian. I thought you’d have noticed this by now. ;-)
- I have hope. ↩