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June 5th, 2008
09:03 pm
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Good years, bad years.

And a really bad year for this tree.
It has been felled in the name of park maintenance and safety. I don't know what was wrong with it, but I trust the city arborists had good reason. It will probably be replaced by something indigenous, but seeing it fresh-cut like this gives me a small and not entirely rational sense of dread.

I have been reading Collapse by Jared Diamond. In it he examines cultures ancient and modern in an attempt to determine what factors cause them to survive or fail. Pretty high on the list of factors predicting failure is deforestation. If, for whatever reason, a society loses its trees, it seems to be pretty much screwed, and a society on the verge of collapse is not a pretty thing. Think starvation, cannibalism, genocide. The image of the last few people - the last person - on a depleted rock in the middle of the Pacific will stick with me for a long time. Really scary stuff I don't want to live. So, I care about trees, selfishly.


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Date:June 5th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
The really scary mental image is the idea of that on a global scale.
Substitute "planet in the cold deeps of space" for "rock in the middle of the pacific"...

That's the thought that keeps me awake at nights... [thanks Ms Norton!]
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Date:June 5th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
You of all people know I already live at the end of the world - I know there's no place else to run.
Date:June 5th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Point taken... although technically, since the world's a sphere there is no end... but yeah.
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