‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Talks About Why We Need to Be ‘Protecting Our Natural Resources’

by Jennifer Shea
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“Blue Bloods” star Will Estes has a critique of the environmental movement, but it comes from a place of deep commitment to protecting the planet’s natural resources.

Estes is almost a vegetarian – he eats fish and eggs – and he often tweets about protecting the environment. In a recent exclusive interview with Looper, he explained the importance of protecting our natural resources so that humanity can really thrive.

“It’s important to me because we’ve only got this one planet,” Estes said. “And I don’t think that you can divorce the idea of a healthy planet and a decent quality of life for any of us.”

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Says It’s About More Than Saving Trees

“We don’t have clean air, we don’t have clean water, we don’t have good food,” Estes continued. “I don’t see how anybody thinks they’re going to have any quality of life. So, I just can’t divorce the idea of protecting our natural resources in our wild places and the health of our planet from the health of us and our well-being, all of us.”

Estes went on to criticize the environmental movement, which he says erred in focusing so much on deforestation. Biodiversity is also a crucial issue, he insisted, and the fate of humanity may hinge on our ability to reverse some of the damage we’ve done to the environment.

“I think that people made a mistake in the beginning of the environmental movement, thinking that we can make it about protecting the trees and people will get it,” Estes explained. “Of course, it’s about not deforesting the planet because, you know, the Amazon, other places like that are sort of the lungs of the planet, our oceans as well. But it’s not just about that. It’s not just about protecting a tree. Yeah, they make oxygen, so we have to protect the trees. But I just believe in the preservation of biodiversity and wild places and think our wellbeing and our very lives depend upon it.”

Estes’s Comments Underscored By Recent UN Report

A report released this summer by a United Nations science policy workshop echoes the “Blue Bloods” star’s concerns. The report, which was put together by 50 biodiversity and climate experts, found that biodiversity loss and climate change are mutually reinforcing problems, and must be tackled together.

The report also found that efforts to mitigate climate change run the risk of harming biodiversity when undertaken in isolation. The reverse is also true. So it recommended steps that would address both problems, such as restoring carbon- and species-rich ecosystems; stopping the destruction of forests, wetlands, peatlands, grasslands and savannas; transitioning to sustainable agriculture and forestry practices; coordinating conservation actions with climate adaptations; and getting rid of subsidies for deforestation, over-fertilization and over-fishing.

Looks like Estes is in tune with the expert consensus on environmental impacts. But you don’t have to become a vegetarian to share some of Estes’s concerns. And meat-eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians alike can catch “Blue Bloods” on Fridays at 10 p.m. ET, only on CBS.