Even before my formal involvement in the Green Party of Alberta, dare I say all my life, I have always held an immense respect for nature.
I say this of course while being very honest about the fact that I am not a vegetarian, nor have I renounced all goods and services that involve using resources found in the natural world. In fact I can say that maintaining a respect for nature is much more profound than exclusively talking about resource management and exchange.
Sometimes its hard to get people to understand the aims of environmentalism and sustainability. Although some, myself included, find respect for our planet to be second nature, others find it an inconvenience or worse yet, irrelevant. Lately eco-groups have relied on captivating audiences with topics like the finite nature of our planet, or even the economic advantages of being green. Although these are not incorrect route or topics, I believe we must go further than that.
What I want to see is environmentalism to of course contain items like economy and resources, but also, I would like the discussion to not be so human centered. Of course some people won't listen unless their is something in the conversation that speaks to self interest. However, environmentalists should not forget that respect for nature involves empathy for nature.