What can we learn?
Personal and societal changes may need to occur in order to prevent further climate change. Change would involve reducing emissions and incorporating sustainable business practices. By adopting greater efficiency and discipline, society may be better equipped to fight climate change. Washington shows that it is possible to make dramatic changes necessary to confront an opponent, which also holds true for climate change as society’s greatest threat.
“The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.”
George Washington was a true role model. His experiences, talents, and personality are a fitting inspiration for living a more sustainable life. The life of George Washington can inspire individuals to make important pro-environmental decisions in their lives. The National Park Service’s mission to preserve and protect natural resources aligns with Washington’s vision for the future of the land he fought to liberate and the new society he helped shape. He was a revolutionary and to make the changes necessary to combat climate change will require revolutionary thinking and ideas.
Special thanks to Mary Thompson
George Washington Research Historian
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