Originally posted by subz
With Aboriginal logic we should be able to take the current generations of Aborigines to court for massive environmental damage to the continent.
After all it is they who are responsible for the destruction of Australia's interior forrests is it
Would be convenient, wouldn't it. Now I am trying to forget about the Meteor that caused a conflagration in the Asian grasslands the other day, and
the lightning strikes that burned up American and African communities this year, and the volcanic conflagrations and...
'New report theorizes
large fires created the Australian desert'. If the theory is correct, there are many natural causes for conflagrations,
with primitive humans way down at the bottom of the list. Modern humans are another matter entirely, and we need to protect forests everywhere from
the ravages of pate' eating shareholders. I think this idea is corporately motivated, to discredit Aboriginals who are begging Australians to save
what is left of the natural environment from mining and logging.
It is instructive to go sit on an undeveloped ridgeline that is part of a maritime valley. For a day and night. Just watch. The fog will roll in like
a living thing, and the needles of the conifers will condense the fog, which then drips into the soil. Go sit on a clearcut the next day. The fog
blows by, and the ground stays dry. Once an area is desertified, it is not a simple matter of replanting. Seedlings do not reach high enough to catch
Now deserts are not in themselves bad. They have a bad rap. Many people see them as dead. But if natural, they are good places to live. If Australia
underwent natural desertification
like the elecrically, volcanically and meteoritically blasted areas of the American southwest, if parts lie
in a natural rainshadow, well then that's just the way it is. Native populations were never large enough, nor Native technology destructive enough,
to denude continents- in my opinion.
Try making a fire drill, and kindling a small fire some time. Not easy at all.
In California, Natives used advanced firefighting backfire techniques to manage grasslands and prevent
I want more evidence before I convict the Aborigines for continenticide.
[edit on 29-1-2005 by Chakotay]