Landscapes of the Future

When viewed from above, it is clear that the space we’ve allotted to the natural world is shrinking at an alarming rate. Urban sprawl, infrastructure, destructive entertainment and extractive industries dominate ever more of our landscape as our consumptive appetites increase because there are, simply, more of us. Mining, drilling and logging are some of the most destructive operations because antiquated laws like the General Mining Act of 1872 have enabled some companies to despoil the environment and leave their waste products unabated while successfully lobbying lawmakers not to update regulations. As the local population weighs the jobs created against the toxic legacy of these operations, the appeal is eventually made for clean up which should have been part of the cost of extraction but is often paid by the public.

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