If you could save one endangered species from extinction, which would you choose?
I’ll go with Judi – humans!!!
“He aha te mea nui o te ao
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata”
roughly translated to:
Ask me what is the most important thing on this earth
It is people, it is people, it is people.
And having said that – last week I was at the Regional committee Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health Working Group.
Today I was at a tree planting event at Lyell Creek.
Yesterday I was at the Regional Water management committee – where biodiversity was high on the agenda (attending in my capacity as chair of the Kaikoura Zone water management Committee).
Right now I am wearing one of my Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust T shirts – which is a trust set up to protect an endangered seabird that nests only in three locations here in Kaikoura (I chair the trust).
Next month I have two meetings, one in Auckland and one in Wellington, on fisheries management issues, one of which is the declining state of the LongFin eel population.
So yeah – I spread my time around a lot of issues.
And most of my time goes into developing ways of getting people to understand the extreme threat posed to human survival by the very idea of money – the very idea that we should value things based upon scarcity, and devalue to nothing anything that is abundant – Absurd – but what markets do.
So yeah – People. You, me, everyone else.
Then everything else.
And we really do need to start seriously managing our impacts on this planet using scientific principles, rather than leaving it to economic principles.
Recycling has got to get a lot better – our sewer waste systems need to be completely redesigned, and that isn’t that much of an issue once we take the step to full automation, and universal guarantee of all the essentials of life to everyone.
Complex, and doable.