In response to the pro-environment stance in your "Life Out Here" by Bret Kofford, I must say congratulations.
I must add, however, that I am disconcerted by your lack of justification for why anyone besides those who seek a spiritual bond with nature should care about the environment in the first place.
Logic certainly must outweigh the most eloquent practice of rhetoric. Having opted for such an approach, I advocate the preservation of the environment for one simple reason: survival.
As a product of western society, I am egocentric, see myself as important and wish for an enduring human species. I do not care for trees (much less hugging them), I think that insects are the most revolting organisms ever evolved and I generally find that most non-human organisms are best kept at bay.