The adventures of Oh, the lonesome tree 3.3
Friday May 11, 2012
Little Oh is still a young tree and under normal circumstances, being overgrown by the elder and mightier trees, he would have been removed during the next forest thinning and underground clearing. But now, unexpectedly being liberated and exposed to the open air, he is reviving and blossoming. But, for how long ?
He realises that he is an exception and that the chance that he is been given is unique.
What upsets Little Oh is the fact that so many tree plantations have been cut in order to produce the paper which was necessary to print the billions of pages of reports and studies about the degradation of the environment and warnings for the future, while the earth demolition goes on in murderous competition.
Books, audio, video and new media keep sending their information, day after day, substantiated with figures, graphs and pictures. It just seems that this information stream stops at the threshold of the mighty landowners, country leaders and even democratically elected presidents.
Yet, the darkest hour is before the dawn. Men cannot keep taking the wrong decisions, and if they do, the earth itself will impose the rules for future mining and boring. That will be the time for the final restart. From zero ?
The last couple of decades, the role of the forests as one of the climate and environment regulators has been confirmed and that is a good point. Thanks to modern techniques and satelite watching, the state of the forests is being controlled and monitored. The efforts of forest certification begin to bear fruit. In developed countries, people get to know what it means to buy products from certified sources. Chain of custody systems are being introduced and illegal wood trade restricted. Is that appropriate to other resources too ?
Unfortunately all that applies only for a part of the world. Still, ecology looses, economy wins. But for how long ? Lower developed countries are still not enough aware of the enormous value their (rain)forests and ores have. For people, animals and vegetation. So they will need driven protection and education for many years.
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