Garden's for a Future

Invasives (part 2): A Change in Paradigm and the World
November 17, 2010, 6:36 am
Filed under: History, Patterns in Nature

Reflecting back on the previous post, the introduction of citrus plants and horses are examples of a foreign plant and animal that did not devastate the native ecosystem. There are more examples, but I’ll let you do that research on your own. From here, I’ll continue the debate of invasives species; plant, animal, and human.

Today, the introduction of new species can and does devastate the environment. So what is happening?

For one, the increased amount of travel increases the opportunity for foreign substances to come into a country via boat or plane. Other factors to consider is the decline in biodiversity in our local environments and the continual successional setbacks in nature.

The destruction of the environment also eliminates homes for predatory animals allowing other animals to infiltrate and leaving the job for us to take care of. The same can be said for plants. If we do not allow systems to regenerate, the opportunity for plants adapted to such environments becomes inevitable.

For example, the constant stream of nitrogen rich fertilizers, industrial and human waste are altering the land and water ecosystems. In the Chesapeake Bay, these pollutants are creating a hypoxic environment where virtually no oxygen is available for most aquatic life. Instead, animals that are adapted to this environment are becoming more prevalent such as jellyfish in replacement of fish, crabs, oysters, and bass. Other examples of such environments are dead zones where NO LIFE can exist.

Moving on, lets focus for a moment on immigrants in any country.

The argument is the same. We’ve created this environment. People are naturally protective of their belongings and thwart any change to their personal environment. This is much like a dog or animal marking their territory. In a productive and over-abundant society, the idea of invasion is minimized to a selective few if any. The key is when resources are abundant the need for fighting is mostly diminished. When resources are scarce, animals and people tend to fight for it; hand to hand combat, community boundaries, racial clashes, ethnic cleansing, religious segregation, etc. The argument changes in relation to reproduction; everybody fights.

In addition, the consumer society demanding low, affordable prices to continue our consumption of natural resources and industries having to be profitable to continue operations and their life add to the effects of “invasive” environments. Overall, this endless consumption and motive for profit neglects environmental issues and basic human rights. Back in the day, when people did not get along for any reason they could move to another part of the town, the country, and today the world. Currently, the opportunity for movement is decreasing. What’s the solution?

Easy, we need to learn to solve our petty problems and get down to the real issues through peaceful negotiations, or  we kill each other till we have a winner, or we kill each other till everyone and everything is dead. Either way, the path to reconstruction needs to be unpaved, but it will be inevitable regardless. Remember nature has survived several extinctions; it will survive with or without us.

All in all, the invasive environment is the result of our ignorant actions towards nature. If our societies were abundant and rich with a natural environment that provided fresh water and food, there would be no invasive plants, animals or people. We could share the overabundance with our neighbors, friends, and animals.

Wouldn’t that be worth working for?

no No NO!?!. . .



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