Perhaps it was a question I was asked that prompted the said feeling. I’m from India. I speak in a different accent. And I speak decent English. So, the question I was asked over and over again was, “how do you speak such good English?” I understand that is a compliment but, I believe, it speaks to a certain thinking. A certain thinking of a certain generation.
Stay with me.
It is admirable that forestry practices – logging, rotation ages, biodiversity – are now on the radar of most foresters in North America. Illegal logging is not a huge concern in this part of the world.
The story is different with tropical forests.
Between illegal logging, unsustainable harvesting, clearing land for agriculture, forests are being lost at the rate of 36 football fields every minute.
This semester the Chaos Theory keeps popping in my head – a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico causes a hurricane in China … or a butterfly flapping its wings in the northern hemisphere causes a hurricane in the southern hemisphere…
The point is, while the forests in this part of the world are “well-managed,” that is not the case in large swaths of the tropics. Eventually the chaos theory will take a stronger hold, and the hurricane from that effect just might sweep us off our feet – perhaps for good.
This part of the world is most certainly one of the most powerful – in terms of technology, implementing policy and instrumenting change. Does it not behoove these powerhouses to protect the “lungs of the planet?” Is this incoming chaos not something that should beleaguer those in charge? Is it enough to simply take care of our own and forget the rest? Does this call for a change in thinking? A certain thinking of a certain generation?