Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Money versus Nature

Since reading about Indigenous people I have gained some appreciation about how evolution has occurred along different paths specifically for those with origins out of Europe compared to those who've been here on the continent centuries before new comers arrived. Early contact between two different societies, date stamped just over five centuries ago provides a rich chronology about two distinct cultures and how their relations evolved. Aboriginal societies offer us thinking and insight about balance and preservation which for them is a covenant about survival compared to the present day march we've embraced globally, a march that is headed toward uncertain times.

Today, I turned on a movie called HOME. Free on youtube by clicking the link, this corporate sponsored production is a very provocative hour and thirty three minutes about the earths bio sphere. This film brings a new definition to the concept of carbon footprint.

Jane Goodall who was featured on the movie WISDOM is the Anthropologist famous for her work among Chimpanzee’s, she hits a chord with me specifically when she describes indigenous peoples approach to stewarding the land and ensuring that the harvest of bush food is just enough so what remained would be plentiful and meet the needs for seven generations into the future. 

That point of view compared to the motives of industry and the need to drive the bottom line prior to the next shareholders meeting or the need to harvest from the bush to make a quick dollar based on the preference for game versus domestic foods in specific regions. She describes the plight of animals in Africa and other realities about expansion into lands with roads and clear cutting which have made animal habitats far more accessible putting species at risk under threat of human encroachment and exploitation, including anything that moves larger then a squirrel.

The polarity between cultures of the world is evident and has been so throughout the ages. Moreover, human kinds written catalogues and texts describe the evolution with rich chronology about colonialism, imperialism, power and mercantilism to name a few descriptors about culture and societies methods of engagement together for better or worse.

Money remains the principle driver in the commodification of natural world elements.
We place a price on wood, minerals, water and other resources, wild animals and fish that are not man made or that have evolved from the universe through the phenomena of life.

This reality has run a course to present day and is cause for some reflection as we continue to exhaust or deplete natural worlds stocks, further choking the global environments vitality.

A tipping point will occur which will force a more moderate balance, a balance about how we use natural worlds resources and how we bring stewardship levels toward preservation and balanced standards, this as a way forward in support of future generations. Counter measures are needed today to reduce and preserve. Counter measures that come forward to reduce or stop the depletion of natural species or resources, these measures would perhaps force society to resort to other methods of sustaining economic balance.

How the current trends are expected to sustain the thirst for 7 Billion humans and growing does put priority on nations and their future outlook. When will the narrative engage among those of influence about how society reverse the march and begin to learn from indigenous thinking about balance and sharing for future generations? 

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