February 2004 News
Did men come from Mars?
Could Mars support life?
How can we find out more about Mars?
While we wait for more photos and information, let us take a look at the impact of humans on this planet:
A future question might sound something like:
Where to from here?
If there is truth in the statement: “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at, when we created them.” (A.E.)
…then perhaps we should begin asking a different set of questions…
Apparently this NASA program costs US$ 820'000'000.00.
These are the sort of forces (expressed in financial terms) that we are up against.
Just visualise what that magnitude of investment could achieve if it were spent on appreciating assets: I mean in revitalising landscapes.....
Simply putting life back into dead or dying landscapes so that they end up
- producing sources of clean reliable water...
- furthering vegetation and wild-life...
- producing fresh and clean air
- supporting sustainable agriculture...
- producing job opportunities...
- supporting self-reliant rural communities...
- offering recreation...
Imagine for a moment the sort of excitement it would cause if we spotted grass or a tree on Mars...
This is the sort of excitement we need to instil in our next generation if they are going to help us fix mistakes of the past on this planet.
I firmly believe that to win over the emotions of those people who live a life isolated from ecological realities we need to be producing that sort of result. We need that majority voting for us land managers with their dollars (even if they do choose to remain biologically and ecologically isolated).
We need more projects like the Matetzi Project. We also need to be producing these sorts of results in other countries.
This year we will begin advertising such a project on Kachana.
No, not: planting trees on Mars, but:
“Getting the 'gators' to return to Alligator Creek”.
About two years ago we began planning the revitalisation of a dry rocky drainage system. The 'gators', in this case are the locally threatened fresh-water crocodile that still exists in some creeks on Kachana.
We now have a local business that has pledged to provide a portion of it's income to be spent on the protection and management of the Alligator Spring. This is the first big step towards: getting the 'gators' to return to Alligator Creek. It is thanks to this triple bottom line initiative of Craig and Gail Muir of Alligator Airways that this formerly deteriorating creek-system now has a name and a future. A BIG THANK YOU TO THE Alligator Airways CREW! This project will be scientifically monitored under the supervision of Kimberley Specialists
For anybody out there who wishes to support us: please help us promote our workshops:
Why? Pressure on primary production means pressure on our natural resources. Income generated directly or indirectly though services enables us to invest in the rebuilding of our biological foundations.
Warm greetings from the heart of the Kimberley: Kachana!