It is beyond my comprehension that any responsible nation on our planet would commit an act of ecological sabotage. But yet, it is taking place at the US/Mexico border where the American people and their leaders, out of blind disrespect and hatred for another human culture, are killing off a piece of Nature that knows no borders. The very existence of a border wall blocks Nature’s energy flow as essential animal migration corridors are destroyed. The harm to Nature simply becomes collateral damage in the minds of the leaders and citizens in this dubious political war that has no guarantees. That damage takes place on both sides of the wall that is adjacent to the two nations. The process is similar to the agents of one self-righteous nation shooting across the border and killing innocent bystanders. The difference is that the impact of ecological killings reaches far beyond the ecosystems that are immediately adjacent to the wall. Instead, distant ecosystems are impacted by the inability of animals to freely pass through important corridors that previously existed. Because the border wall has an ecological impact far beyond the border, one can view this impediment as an invasion of a friendly neighbor well into its territory. With Nature, everything is connected. Nothing lives in isolation.
The proposed (and current) US/Mexican border wall has been the subject of many studies and documents. N-Gen is a collaborative association of US and Mexican scientists and students who focus on the Sonora desert region. Recently, N-Gen shared a new collaborative virtual story map that that helps communicate the nuances and realities of the current borderland issues. I strongly urge you to immerse yourself into this story map (slideshow). You will be rewarded with a greater perspective on the border wall’s ecological issues that will impact Nature’s energy flow and her ability to function. These are issues that the politicians have failed to consider because they are blinded by their political ambitions.
In addition, I have compiled a list of ten references that address the serious ecological impact that will result if the wall continues to be built and the accompanying police forces inflict the inevitable ecological damage.
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My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.