I was born and raised in the tiny town of Searchlight, Nevada, where we were surrounded by one of nature’s masterpieces: the desert.

It was there I learned of the tenuous connection between humankind and the environment. Clean water is a precious resource in the desert.

As a youngster, I learned to respect my surroundings. As an adult, my religion gave me a spiritual connection with nature.

I learned of a divine mandate to care for creation and that there is a link between spiritual and habitat health.

The importance of not sacrificing environmental health for temporal wealth is necessary.

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