The fight to save a butterfly sanctuary in Mission, Texas from President Trump’s border wall symbolizes a global push by governments to keep migrants at bay at any cost, including the environment. This article takes a liberal view of the “nature politics” surrounding seizure of lands and natural resources from local and indigenous people. Unable to stop these military takeovers and eminent domain laws in court, environmentalists try to build bridges between politicians and people. But like the monarch butterfly, they face a long, arduous journey. Longreads writer Will Meyer’s article will engage anyone concerned with the intersection between environmentalism and politics.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why aggressive border protections such as walls cause conflict between environmentalists and governments;
- How governments use laws and military force to grab lands and resources, despite the impact upon humans, flora and fauna; and
- Why some environmental groups now favor building relationships over court actions.
About the Author
Will Meyer is editor of The Shoestring, a local publication in Western Massachusetts.