Man’s relationship with nature

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and it’s too true. Man is the most destructive species on earth and we are just pilfering the planet in the way it suits us, not seeing how we are so disconnected from ourselves and others, destroying our health and future in the process. We need to look at long term progress, where the focus is on happiness and not economic gain.

This is a great video and a must watch, and must share!

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9 thoughts on “Man’s relationship with nature

  1. Watch Man Bites Dog

    From a biological perspective Humans could be best described as disturbance specialists. Our niche specialty is disturbing landscapes, systems and processes. I don’t think we will ever get away from that. Whether we disturb in a positive or negative way moving forward is probably up for discussion.

    An extra billion people every 15years will be interesting to manage. As it is I am about to be a father and intend on having at least two.

    Proactive Systems Design is what is needed and following a Blue Economy approach.

    Think permaculture on steroids, but NOT all of us living on farms.

    Cities are the future

  2. We will need to focus on an internal shift and a change in lifestyle, not rely on technology to do that for us. I’m not saying that technology is bad, but it’s our consumerism that got us to this point and we’ll need to combine technology with conscious and considerate behaviour. So we cannot continue buying all these expensive handbags, eating heaps of meat, flying all over the world, but have a green job and rely on scientific breakthroughs. You gotta walk the talk, mate.

    Farms are not for everyone, but people need to be more connected to their food, learn how it’s grown, how everything is connected, health benefits and gratitude etc. The same problems will continue to exist even if we live in eco high rise buildings in eco cities.

    I love the farm life. You, Foofoo, and the family need to get up here, mate. Happy New Year to you all!

    • Thanks for the invitation to visit, much appreciated! 🙂 We look forward to jumping on a plane to fly halfway around the world to visit 😉

      The point I am trying to make with cities is that the real opportunity is to create vertical communities where actual landscape, greenspace and biodiversity is increased, not reduced.

      Open your mind and imagine a vertical permaculture landscape kilometres into the sky. A net increase in environment, not loss.

  3. Hi Olive, thanks for this video. It was very poignant – dark and humorous at the same time.

    Just to add to the conversation…

    We can’t ignore that tech and the environment are intimately linked to social, political and civil conflict in cities, as well as movements and counter-measures. This is a growing reality, reflected everywhere from during the days of the Cold War to post 9-11, from the ‘Arab Spring’ countries to the Occupy Movement.

    Urban(ised) conflict can be found in countries or societies with a history of it, such as in here:

    http://books.google.com.sg/books?id=5VqBoO6OVZkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Divided+Cities&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9ujkUMSfFojPrQfCnICQCg&redir_esc=y

    and here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Divided-Societies-Planning-History-Environment/dp/0415779235/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357179156&sr=1-1&keywords=0415779235#_

    Conflict, or at least tension and the seeds of conflict, can also be found in a variety of other cities and regions if one cares to look hard enough. An example: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/evil-paradises-mike-davis/1102505240?ean=9781595583925

    Even in fiction, a comic book series such as ‘DMZ’ features self-sustainable food production (urban hydroponics, etc.) and environmental protection, but only as minor plot points within the larger story of future military and political conflict playing out in New York City (..yup). The comic: http://www.vertigocomics.com/graphic-novels/dmz-vol-1-on-the-ground.

    Moreover, cities are also subject to ‘technologies of control’ in diverse places: whether CCTV in the UK, general electronic surveillance in the US, urban (and non-urban) electoral manipulation in Russia, or business-civil bureacratic-political party collusion in Singapore (e.g. see this: http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/pap-mis-aimed-faces-blowback/. Three parts altogether).

    My overarching point is that considerations of ‘the environment’ must also take into account the larger social and political issues that concepts such as sustainability, ‘permaculture’, etc. find themselves in, not separate from. Only then can we honestly address issues of human beings and their relationships to their environment.

  4. Nigel, I am not optimistic about high rise buildings being the norm. Perhaps when you get up here, you’ll see what I’ve been banging on about. We need to focus on restoring what’s been damaged, not only about creating futuristic technological developments. It sounds fancy but the quality of life would be diminished if so many people lived so close to each other in one big building. I do think that we need more greenery in buildings.

    Thanks, Mindfulness!

  5. Hey Rod! Just saw your comment, it was in my spam bin for some reason.

    Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Yeah I agree, there are other factors at play and I feel that politics holds back a lot of progress. I was watching The Distinguished Gentleman with Eddie Murphy, and it’s funny and true, especially now with Obama in office. Watch it if you haven’t, I think you’ll love it.

  6. Hi Olivia,

    In its hard to paint a picture via blog comments. I am inviting you/us to rethink what any of this means at all, what is a building, what is a city, what is a landscape? Cities of the future will protect landscape, protect biodiversity and will likely look nothing like anything that can be even imagined at this stage.

    My earlier point about humans being disturbance specialists is the point that needs to be understood. Once that is understood and accepted then we need to rethink our concepts of environment, sustainability and the green movement.

    It’s only through Vision & Action that new futures are created.

    TBC 🙂

  7. Ok N, TBC. Assuming that they do care about health, nature and for each other, and there’s no waste and energy is renewable, it would be a nice city to see. We’ll chat when I’m back.

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