Not a post about handstands, but about National Parks, and the reality of them.
Americans feel so proud of their NP, assuring all the rest of the world leaving "wilderness untouched" is the way to preserve Nature , and that therefore this is what all countries should do. .
Truth is, America, National Parks are not enough when you only offer disposable cuttlery, cups and plates (many even styrofoam) in all coffeeshops and many restaurants on the outskirts of the parks and even sometimes inside. .
Its not enough when there are massive cities around the parks that heavily contaminante the air, so much so, that in every park you can find a sign that "warns" you about this "detail", and asks for forgiveness if it is the case that when you get there you arent able to see the landscape you were told you would see because of the smog coming from the "outside". (And WTF with these cities - like Vegas. Its capitalism laughing at your conservation efforts)
National Parks are not enough when your biggest lesson to the general public on how to reduce their impact on the planet is to turn off their lights when they are not using them, instead of telling the truth about the main contributors on a personal level: eating loads of meat, loads of processed imported- from-afar food, overconsumption of things you dont even need, relying heavily on fossil fuels, having many children (yeah, you dont have to live in a overpopulated country for your kids to have an impact. Actually, kids on "first world countries" are the ones that impact the most because of the consumerism habits associated with privilege, money and overall accomodated lifestyle.)
But most importantly, "National Parks" are not enough when your "restoration" management includes the use of agrochemicals inside the park (shame on you, Zion)
So how about, instead of trying to portray this image of the perfectly pristine, unaltered chunk of Nature (where, btw the main purpose is to entretain, not really preserve ecosystem's functions) you start really focusing on why your conservation system is failing? Perhaps then you'd start to realize you've been overdosing on capitalism the whole time...
Zion National Park