|THE LOESS PLATEAU|
THE CRADLE OF CHINESE CIVILIZATION
I was thinking last night I ought to do something once in a while that isn't an awful story...for all or our's sanity.
I came up with this. Here is something that does show that once in a while anyway, someone, even a State, for some reason, does actually take on a project that benefits the ecology. It shows that some things are at least possible. Though I don't totally understand what the author means when he talks about making the basis of money a functional ecosystem instead of being derived from production and consumption, I do understand when he mentions "valuing ecological function above production." It is when he combines the two concepts that I again become somewhat mixed up. When he writes in conclusion that, "By valuing ecosystem function above production and consumption and making this the basis of the global monetary system it becomes possible to restore all degraded land anywhere on the planet," I again grow confused. It does seem to me to maybe be a "nice" way of saying, at a minimum, we can't continue on with capitalism. I certainly agree with that.
Read the long story below. It is interesting, remarkable, different, and I think is well worth thinking about.
After all, someone has to do something.
The following is from The Permaculture Research Instittue of Australia.
Biodiversity, Community Projects, Conservation, Consumerism, Deforestation, Food Shortages,Global Warming/Climate Change, Plant Systems, Population, Regional Water Cycle,Rehabilitation, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Trees, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting — by John D. Liu November 17, 2012
|"Witnessing the incredible potential of restoration has helped me to understand that degradation is not inevitable and that there is a path forward for humanity that leads to a sustainable future."|
In Rwanda, where relatively recent ecological degradation from over-farming in
the designated protected highland watersheds saw the near failure of the country’s
hydro-electricity supply, the government has undertaken a similar rehabilitation
project to China’s and experienced almost immediate improvements. Free ranging
goats are, however, still a problem. Gishwati Forest, Rwanda.
slope farming, Gishwati Forest, Rwanda. Below: The White Nile and Congo River
watershed, functioning highland water tower system, Nyungwe Rainforest
Kamiranzovu, Isumo Waterfall, Rwanda.
|“By bringing scientists, technicians and managers into the local communities the Chinese essentially helped transition poor, often illiterate subsistence agriculturalists to a new paradigm within one generation.”|
forests, Gishwati Forest, Rwanda. Below: Njungwe Forest, monitoring wild
|“As long as our global economy continues to value production and consumption higher than the functioning ecosystem the results will remain the same and the outcome for humanity and the planet is bleak.”|
Above: Mongolia — high impact from herding too many animals.
Below: Mongolia — vast dry steppe landscape
Senior Research Fellow, IUCN
Director, Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP)
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