Posts tagged ‘ecology’

October 23, 2016

On the shore of the Olympic Peninsula’s rainforest


We walked along the shore looking out over the Pacific Ocean, wandering around giant cedars that had drifted up along the shore … nature’s taking  …. and yet mankind continues to take so much more – clearing  mountaintops of ancient stands of cedars in the Olympic National Forest.  Giants felled, and man the so-called “conqueror”.

Was this path intended all along?  Civilizations have come and gone for much the same reasons; and we never seem to learn that these resources are finite.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Seems the only answer to this dilemma; and yet, where are we along that path?

Photos of Clearcutting on the Olympic Peninsula

September 22, 2012

Would we listen to Leonardo today?

In the words of Leonardo da Vinci:

On Metals – “There will issue from dark, gloomy caves something which will bring great sorrow, danger, and death on the whole human race; to many of those who seek it, it will after much suffering bring delight; but those who do not share in it will die in want and in distress.  It will engender unending treason; it will drive unhappy men to commit more murders, thefts, and acts of oppression; it will breed suspicion among those who seek it; it will destroy the freedom of free cities; it will take the lives of many; it will sow among men much fraud, deceit, and treason. 

O monstrous creature, it would be better for men if you returned to hell!  On account of you great forests are robbed of their trees and countless animals are robbed of their lives.”

On Man’s cruelty – “There will be seen on the earth animals which constantly fight among themselves, inflicting great harm and frequently death on each other.  Their enmity will know no bounds; their savage members will fell a great part of the trees in the vast forests of the world; and after they gorge themselves, they will continue to feed on their desire to inflict death and suffering and sorrow and fear and flight on all living creatures.  Through their measureless pride they will seek to raise themselves to heaven, but the excessive weight of their members will hold them fast to the earth.  Nothing will remain on the earth or under the earth and water that is not pursued, chased down, or destroyed; and it will be chased from country to country.  Their bodies will be the grave and passageway of all the living bodies which they have killed.

O world, why do you not open and hurl into the deep clefts of your abysses and caverns and no longer show to heaven such cruel and heartless monsters?”

Both quotes by Leonardo da Vinci are from Codex Atlanticus, codex in the Ambrosiana Library in Milan.  Published in eight folio volumes by Ulrico Hoepli, Milan for the Reale Accademia dei Lincei 1894-1904 and translated by Wade Baskins in his book, The Wisdom of Leonardo, pages 77-79.

April 15, 2012

Concerning the “greater good” and fracking …

These questions beg to be asked: 
How is it that any chemicals, endangering public health are allowed near any public water source, no matter what their purpose?
How has approval been given for these operations before substantive information has been gleaned concerning the longterm effects of fracking and essential precautions taken?
Once begun and the damage done, what choices will we have?  Why not prevention?
What amount of compensation would return our water, our air, our environment to its original state?
Who pays the unltimate cost?
How have our rights to clean air, water, food, a life-sustaining environment been given to entities that stand to profit from extraction at any cost?
Have we given up our rights by default?  Do we, in making our choices, consider the longterm effects of those choices?  Are our decisions informed by facts and founded on experience?  If not, are we willing to make the necessary changes?
According to EarthJustice, “in 2005, Congress included the so-called “Halliburton Loophole” in an energy bill. This provision exempting hydraulic fracturing from key provisions of the Safe Water Drinking Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. Since that time, there has been only so much that locals, environmentalists, and public health advocates can accomplish regarding fracking regulation. Earthjustice has seen some success recently in chemical disclosure and local jurisdiction, however we do need new legislation to address this matter. One simple thing you can do is to ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor the FRAC and BREATHE Acts: “
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March 28, 2012

A Cry for the Timber Wolf


January 13, 2012

What would Henry think?

A white pine on what used to be sandy shore of an extension of the waters of Lake Calhoun in Linden Hills.  This pine is just a baby, maybe 60-70 years old and could live another 100 or more, if allowed … what a magnificent sight that would be.  If only, like Thoreau, we could live our lives more simply … as he describes in “Walden”, pp. 323- 324:
” I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”