The invasion of the Americas began in 1492 when the slave-trader Columbus was found lost at sea by the friendly Arawak peoples. Waves of indifferent invaders brought disease, invasive species and toxic memes. So much of wild America has been destroyed that the Arawak could not recognize it today. It is time to honor the Indigenous peoples who tended the wildlands we enjoy today.
This is dedicated to my daughter Bridget, who walked out of her high school class today to protest government inaction on climate change. Many of our problems, including climate change, can only be solved with one-child families.
Despite what is usually reported in the media, fossil fuel emissions are not the main cause of climate change. Climate change is human-made, however, it is primarily caused by deforestation, not fossil fuel emissions. And, if we continue to not accept this, we will never solve the problem.
At first glance the lesson of the Tower of Babel story is if everyone is not coordinated, the tower cannot be built. There is a bigger lesson to be learned.
We can downsize, recycle and homestead all we want but consumption, population growth and environmental loss will continue. The efforts of activists, NGOs and well meaning leaders are not reversing human impact. So what is the answer?