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CaptainVertigo
2014-10-05 11:00:55
"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZFtC5SuS6I" from CaptainVertigo Contract pics
Picture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZFtC5SuS6I (Contract pics)

Protecting Ireland's Mountains
I cannot say for certain who created Mountaineering Ireland's YouTube essay "Protecting Ireland's Mountains" but whether the Director/Producer/Crew was Helen Lawless, the MI Conservation Officer, or a multitude of her servants and agents, whether it cost €500 or €50,000, the result has been a rather beautiful and thought provoking piece.
The film opens with a quote from John Muir, the Scottish American advocate of preservation of natural wildernesses:
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity."
I believe that the subsequent series of high quality visual images of our greatest mountain ranges eloquently underpins the gently earnest narrative exhorting the conservation of the magnificence that we now possess. And there is fun to be had identifying all the places that are shown en route.
The inner anarchist of many a walker (for, as a species, we are essentially ambivalent about the constraints of modernity) may predispose her/him to paranoia in the face of any government recognised body preaching goodness and light. Get over it! When MI sings from the same hymn sheet as ourselves we need to wake up and smell the harmony.
If I had a mild criticism (and this merely reveals my absolutism in the matter of Irish wilderness) it is that there is a hint of a concession that our little wild places must be seen as "less than" the great ones of Alaska and so forth. (See "Shall I Compare Thee" WS Sonnet 18 on invidious comparisons).
Similarly, I balk at mentions of the advantages mountains bring to our tourist industry. That is like listing the economic benefits of one's mother whose preservation ought to be intrinsic to her status rather than dependent on her utility.
I would like to see more hymns of praise to our environment so that we may, when the threats are great enough, proceed with religious fervour, with one voice. May I conclude by quoting John Muir once again:
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
and:
“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”
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