Montana is known as the Big Sky country and holds the Last Best Place within it, aka Glacier National Park. However, the Bitterroot Valley of Montana holds another story altogether. Within this area of our beautiful state, we hide many environmental detriments including but not limited to “increasing scarcity and decreasing quality of water, locally and seasonally poor air quality” and “increasing population”. These problems and many more are definitely historical in nature; these factors don’t just pop up overnight like some sort of magic plague. Most if not all of these problems take years if not decades to develop and affect nature and mother Earth. Most of these problems, most notably, the toxic waste problem, stem from the spread of humans. So, in short, if we just stopped where we were, we might be able to save some of Montana at least.
The Bitterroot Valley of Montana is like a small scale world model that we can most defiantly use as a picture of the whole world’s environmental problems. After all, “Montana’s environmental problems include almost all of the dozens of problems that have undermined pre-industrial societies in the past…” which means that a majority of the worlds environmental issues can be represented inside of one little valley in Montana. I would say that that is a pretty fair area to judge the rest of the worlds issues on.