Where is the World

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An essay.

Submitted: June 25, 2018

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Submitted: June 25, 2018



  In the preservation of the humanity and traditional ecological knowledge gained with history, the world encounters a vast question of which direction will be taken, and forward are the identitfying principles of management and how we will survive.  The endless fights to protect the environment rage behind the scenes, as many face the attacks upon culture and identity, that threaten to take away the life and livlihoods of peoples, for benefit in an exploitative term of development.  The environmental concerns in the world are vast and relateable, through the many forces that are taking place to make growth of economies an entitlement, yet the consequences are drastic and the fare is of a way that will inhibit humanity in the future when the resourcefullness of our natural world has been striped of dignity to the gain of a contrary world of globalism and power that subsides.  The endless tribunals to try for the protection of the environment are being heard, the defense of this natural world and how it is managed is at the forefront of the media and concerns in politics today, and though we are fighting, it is questionable that the environment will win the cases over multinationalcorporations that wish to gain from the destruction that is unnecessary, yet benefitial to few that want to gain ownership over environment and the resources that are not given voice or taken heed of for the intuitive value that lives in the life of the world, the triumph would be for the world to turn around and for governments to defend the environment with action that ceases the exploitation that will destroy the health of peoples and destroy the nature that is dying from the greed it faces with disposition.

  The consequence will bring the world to a hault, the carbon emissions are affecting health of many people, the disasters that will happen when the environment retreats with affects worse than el nino may conquer us, and then which will be the choice of peoples to survive in a world that is bare and unsuitable for existence, while the pollution of water makes it impossible to survive, and the food we eat no longer has nutritional value, and transform how we survive, perhaps no longer upon resourcefulness of knowledge of the natural world, but dependence upon multinational corporations that supply the death that has been a fight for too long…the governments of the world are hearing the ways people are protesting, and listening and bringing forth the education that we must save our natural world from exploitative death and control, yet how will the multinationals which want the benefits respond, and how will the fight overcome the ways of how society has been benefiting from exploiting the natural world for centuries, and how will cultures survive when they have diminished their resources, will neo-colonialism rise to a climax in exploiting what is left of the world, causing war and indifference toward the beauty of culture?

  There are vast struggles in the world to protect our mother Earth, the difference is being made by many who attempt to bring justice to survival, and the voice is expanding to a point that it can no longer be denied.  Environmental concerns are the most significant  concern in the media and for the struggle which endues today.  The price to pay for development cannot cost the world our health and the natural sustenance of cultures that depend upon natural resources, and when we have gone to far,  the consequence will be seen as a rise in GNP and a failing decrease in the lifespan of cultures and the survival of animals which are facing the reality of much extinction in the world the way the process of development takes and does not heed the many warnings that there need be a hault in the destructive practices of humanity and those who seek capital by the easy exploitation of resources and the cost of livlihoods which supersede the value of respecting nature and what it has to give us.  The cessation of environmental theft and the continuance of humanity depends today on the choices of governments to either listen to the people and the struggle of people to protect the environment, or sell out to the corporations who seek to manipulate governments for their benefis in trade and commenrce worldwide for the exchange of the sacrifice of cultures which could someday become extinct also with the destruction of their worlds.  The environmental justice fight is a passionate thrust into a reality that many have been involved in for many decades, and much has been laid on the line, many have fought so hard it brings tears to my eyes, what is the importance of this struggle, and will we win the fight, or just be seen as mercinaries that have laid ourselves on the lines for no transformation of how governemnts will continue to allow the process of this destruction to exceed any limitations or morals to include anything but their capital gain?

  The ethnoecological concerns in this world are heading in a vital direction that may make a difference, and should the world overcome the need to overestimate survival, the cost may be able to be averted by the support of governments to fund initiaives that promote culture and the environment.  The ways of the colonial world were to strip their victims of resources and power, and exchange the exploit with conquering culture and language to a liking of their own and  won  likliness.  The colonial world has too long been at the forefront of discussion in academia for there not to be support of the contrary, yet still the neo-colonial twist is hidden in how the world functions today.  The many examples of world destruction have shown the face of the necessary life for the other, and the world has been overturned by pollution and illness that is it’s causation, yet the new world benefit escapes the commentary of how the environment is depending upon people to save it.  The rationale would be that if we destroy life, then life would be destroyed, yet what we face is a war of worlds that need to feed their people and need clean water for the survival of their nations when around the world there is a disaster of how people will survive even with the current condition of many places.  People lay on the line for the protection of which these issues pertain an anonymous feat to defend the environment, and are arrested and put in jail for trying to bring the issue to the attention of courts and the government, and make a slight difference, yet when the dice are rolled, what equates to the destruction?  The ways of the world have too long been based upon taking from cultures and not returning the wealth to the people who are slowly heading toward devastation. 

  The world could be one of social justice in a time when it has never been so detrimental, yet power proceeds to cross borders and overtake the cultures of the world in an affect of subjectification of peoples for the entertainment of the minority of rich and having people.  Yet the threat to the world’s cultures is coming forth, and should the diversity of culture survive, it depends upon the protection of governments.  Many cultures are losing their livlihoods to the destruction of their environments, yet the governments hide even in first world countries how fast the environmental devatation is happening, and how much it is affecting the health of nations which survive in a world that is hindered by pollution and bare devasting consequence to how much of the world which has already been destroyed to the power of companies and how they do not return anything in effect to a dying world.  The environment is clearly taking a plunge into a dire direction that it is affected by the way humanity is treating it, and people around the world are bringing awareness to the issues that we face, that as the environment is being exploited, so are we, our many nations and cultures.  The affects it will have in the future are only beginning to be seen, as there are many activists that are passionate to bring forth the consciousness that we are one with the environment and that our cultures persisting to survive depends upon environmental preservation and protection against the neo-colonial ways of exploitation and drawing upon the commercialism that feeds the pockets of the greedy, and destorys the ways of cultural survival that have been alive for eons, and are dying to the forces which exist that gain upon a dicotomy of separation from the rest of the world.  The questions are many between cultures to how we will feed the world, to how we will clean the water we rely on, to how we will survive if the world continues in this direction of ripping off resources,  such mass consumption that retaliates against the protest that has been going on for decades with activists who need to be heard because it is necessary to rather than marginalize the people and consume the environment, to survive in a world that has lost its humanity and understanding of life.

  The ongoing struggle for people to protect land and culture is relevant, the support is diverse, yet the monopoly of resources continues.  The degree of the devastation is becoming clear, and the daily fight of people to protect the environment is brave, and becoming of a world culture that is united on its own front.  The many ages of harvesting from the land has brought much knowledge, yet the threat of genetic engineering is seen as a solution by some to the world’s population crisis, while by others as a furthering of the devastation humanity is facing.  The yielding of crops in the world has become an intense global economy, while local economies in some places are struggling to meet the nutrition requirements people need, struggling for access to clean water, and facing the ways that the first world claims its glory, while the pollution continues to worsen and the failure of governments to protect people becomes a harsh reality, and a small percentage of people are surviving with the necessities met from the acquired sense of a world that does not even see the poverty in its own backyard increasing.  The threat to the environment is a direct threat to the people, because there really is no separation between people and the Earth, because the Earth directly affects the survival of people, being that the exploitation of the Earth is directly connected, interconnected, and instituted by exploitation of cultures.



  Slash and burn agriculture is criticized widely by environment activists worldwide, yet still is historical to ancient and traditional practices, yet is practiced less widely today because of fire laws with the government.  Although it increases production and is a source of rejuvenation for the land, slash and burn agriculture is used to promote re-growth and to bring back species of plants into better abundance.  It works through making the land more fertile and enhances the production of plants, while ridding of weeds and appropriating the land for use of production, sometimes for grazing, yet mainly for the purpose of agriculture growth  of plant resources with controlled burning.  The destruction of the forest, especially in the Amazon, is a concern for environmentalists, while ethnoecology promotes the fact that regrowth is stimulated by burning which stimulates growth and makes the plant resource plentiful.  The fire burning practices of the Dene and Kissidougou Prefecture are similar in that the people practice it for the promotion of crop growth and an enhanced way of promoting plant resource growth and taking care of the land for production, yet the environments are different and are concerned with the production and maintainance of different plant species in different types of climate and land environments.  In Northen Alberta the effects of fire as a management tool was practiced sporadically in the past but less now because of government laws regarding burning.  Fire used as a tool for ecological management can be productive and have an effect on crops and rejuvenation of more fertile land and more potent species.  In Soutern Australia, people harvested betterment with yam growth through burning agriculture and the yams became more plentiful and and enhanced havestability of the crop, as well as promoting growth of land practices and attracting ecological stimulus.  Cultivation is the practice of promoting species growth through care of the plant resource and the environment where it can flourish, sometimes enhancing the potency of the plant resource, cultivation is a skill practiced by ethnobiologists to preserve and better the growth of plant species that are important for human survival, using techniques to continue the longevity of many plant resources and to preserve and promote the development and growth of important plant species which can benefit from preservation practices in a world where much destruction, development  and endangerment is affecting many plant species.  Anderson, Turner, & Hallum look at the pratices of different Aboriginal societies and how they use burning in practices, and how traditionally burning was  used with agriculture and sporadically fires were set and controlled to make better land use for plant resources that were important for the peoples. For some the improvement of grasses used in weaving was important, as burning promotes the durability of the grasses that were important to the peoples livlihood of weaving for ‘basketry materials’.For many of these peoples here was an ‘abundance of resources prior to settlement, yet burning promotes a return to a better abundance of the resource through care and management.  These ‘cultural resources’ were important for the peoples survival and ways of life.  The ‘ecological vision’ is to promote the integrity of the people and the skill of their management of the land and resources for survival.  The biodiversity of the land is natural, yet in times of much development and destruction of land, pollution, and development of society, it is important to develop practices which reflect ancient and traditional practices to preserve the biodiversity of plant resources and the ways cultures use the environment for survival.  Ecological succession is promoted through preserving traditonal practices, while humanity faces much extinction regarding the exploitation of the environment and the biodiversity which need be protected in this day and age.  Certain plant species may benefit, while it is also a concern to preserve our forests for the sake of the planet and humanity, yet to benefit from the practices through the knowledge of these ways are important to preserve while the development of more fertile environments and the preservation of cultural practices are important for succession and the development of materials, medicines and the diversity of peoples with biodiverse environments.


  Non-Timber Forest Products are valuable resources for many cultures and provide a scope of many medicinal aspects for cultures who traditionally lived on the land, and still maintain a health and balance aspect for many peoples.  NTFP are valuable in healing and nutrition and have an impact upon the practices of many cultures, especially Indigenous cultures, and much of the knowledge passed down orally from elders in tradition are used by people commonly to treat many ailments and health problems, or are fundamental for many to maintain a balance with the health in the environment.  NTFP deserve recognition and have much potential to be developed into functioning medicinal products, yet the exploitation of NTFP could be detrimental, and many may be sceptical about sharing Indigenous knowledge about the TEK value of the medicinal power that the knowledge pertains in an understanding of much time of how the environment which is free around us can provide so many health solutions for the future, whether it is our own backyard, or in the depths of the Amazon where many seek to find cures to the most baffling diseases today.  There needs to be parameters regarding Indigenous TEK and Intellectual Property Rights about this knowledge, and currently in world culture, this issue is active at the forefront today, along with attempts to protect the environment as such through protest and organization of groups trying to develop the authenticity of their beliefs that the land is too valuable to be destroyed and the TEK is essential to survive in a world that is deteriorating from exploitation and destructive and disrespective practices.  Most forested regions contain plant resources, rivers and water sources, and other aspects like minerals, that are valuable and could be of profit.  The essential aspect of protecting knowledge is of the intricity of a woven web where the moral values of Indigenous cultures do not waste or exploit nature, hence it is understandable that many Indigenous cultures opt not to commercialize their medicine, though should a culture choose to, there could potentially be an unharmful benefit to the people should the potential be carried out in a non-exploitative manner.  The long-term sutainability of forests is quickly diminsihing in many places, as it seems the value of the resource exceeds the preservation of the environment which it pertains to and contains, the life of respect in balance with the nature is quickly dwindling and much deforestation still happens unjustly.  It would be economical to harvest old growth forests and maintain an ecologically sound preservation of what can still be saved for habitat and the conservation of our culture and land rights to proceed to have a nature left to even understand, where there is much NTFP that are of great value, and the harvest benefits many, so then, how do we not waste our NTFP each year with the turning of the seasons and how our forests follow a life cycle of their own.  Commercial developments of Indigenous peoples could be part of a resurrgence where the medicine accessible may have a profound effect on society , and in comparison to Western medicine in the near future.  To approach this issue would be to properly sanction Intellectual Property Rights for Indigenous peoples to protect and benefit from their traditional knowledge in an equitable way that is of choice and empowerment, and this may benefit the world and society in so many ways that a resurgence may come with the discovery of many new interests to ethnobiology in the creation of medicines and other products to enhance production and scientific advancement to understand the worldview and its power and how and why it functions as such seen by cultures through another lens.  The main problem with Intellectual property rights of Indigenous peoples is the disregard and disrespect of Corporations to exploit the land regardless of the fight of our people, which carries on today, where our people are more likely to be arrested for protecting the Earth than the people who are benefiting from endangering our people’s health and massively exploiting something they actually have no right to, but insist on benefiting from the free exploitation.  We need ‘increased biodiversity’,  something to enhance the ‘income generation’ (Singh et al.), there are so many ‘varieties of…medicine grown and collected’ (Kunstadter) that people may benefit from in many ways, ‘governments profit from their knowledge and conserving plant resources’ (Brush), and ‘the differing understanding of land and resource issues’ (Hrenchuk) need to be contemplated with care and respect of cultures and peoples, life and sustenance.  The self-determination of Nations is the most fundamental respect that must be upheld by law and government in concern of the peoples surviving and that the destructive forces do not supersede to destroy land and resources in consumption for profit.  The ethnobiological concerns of our times are pressing, and there is a sense of struggle in the world today between Indigenous cultures drawing the line, and the line drawn to protect life and survival, being crossed disrespectively for all life by consumers and those who are only trying the control a system of benefiting from exploitaion which they have built their MNC’s upon by disregarding rights and freedoms of cultures and peoples.





Balance within the context of nature…Amanda

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