Wake up and smell the newsprint
I also disagreed with the author when he referred to his dissenting actions as "meaningless gestures." On the contrary, he incited the actions of others through written words. And that is really all we can do when it comes to affecting change in issues that concern us: Utilize our skills and talents to do the best we can with what we've been given. Mr. Wilkinson is an established author and columnist and has the power to draw lines wherever he wants; people will read and sometimes listen.
So, where should you draw the line, Mr. Wilkinson? Preferably in the future as opposed to dwelling darkly in the past with the ghosts of Thoreau and Brower. For a start, how about an updated and in-depth article on the plight of the Yellowstone bison? Such an article would reveal an actual living eco-hero, Michael Mease, the founder of the Buffalo Field Campaign. The BFC is a nonprofit organization that has been hands-on in the field, confronting this issue every day for over 10 years. It is full of courageous activists who do not find "vigilance to be an inconvenience."
(Editor's note: We wrote about Yellowstone bison in "The Killing Fields," Dec. 6, 2006.)