the sporting life
Above: The lush landscape of Harry Whittington Memorial Hunting Preserve, situated in Wyoming's scenic backcountry, circa 2075.
The special interest frame around environmentalism may finally have been killed off this week with SI's cover story on global warming. In fact, it may end up being the most important environmental story of the year: the SI piece makes accessible to maybe the least likely enviros among us what the heart of environmentalism is, that being how we live our lives. The challenges of the climate crisis will affect everything we do as well as how we do it in the coming years, and in ways we never ever foresaw. It's there, in those places, that will (for better or worse) hurt us the most.
What should remain a cause for concern (and thus, political action) are the inequities that will emerge from the climate crisis. I think the underside of the market-based remedies a lot of the Friedman/Kristoff/Tierney types tout is that regular folk will simply be priced out of what's left - whether it's arable farmland, or water, or places to fish, or Nuggets tickets.