Michael Fairchild Photography

Wonders of North America

38 minutes

The Wonders of North America narrated program includes over 50 years of wildlife and landscape photography of the natural beauty in such diverse habitats as Okefenokee swamp, Hawaii, Alaska, Utah, the Pacific Northwest, Yellowstone and Long Island, New York. In our haste to dominate the planet, we have unwittingly laid waste to the natural world that truly supports us. Today, we can peer into the structure of an atom, explore the depths of outer space, we can build towering monuments to our own ingenuity, but somewhere along the way of belonging to nature, being at home in a place on the earth and in ourselves. We have entered a new geologic epoch called the Anthropocene, the age of man.

Early in the 20th century, President Theodore Roosevelt wrote:
“There is a delight in the hearty life of the open, there are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land, but I do not recognize the right to waste them or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.”

This program hopes to inspire young and old alike to embrace a new attitude towards nature; to appreciate the beauty of our natural heritage and our responsibility to be better conversationists.

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