Who cares about the future of nature?
Well I hope everybody does – especially those who support NACC, or read NACC Notes, or this column – because all of our futures totally depend on it.
I certainly care about the future of nature, and am looking forward to giving my “two bobs worth” on the subject at a special event being hosted by NACC at this year’s Goodness Festival – in Geraldton on Friday 21 August.
Entitled “The Future of Nature”, the event features three other impressive, knowledgeable and inspiring speakers – Professor Hans Lambers, Victoria Laurie and Matt Wilson – all of whom I know care passionately about the future of nature. I recommend to everybody reading this to register for the event.
From my perspective, the future of nature is our collective responsibility. It’s in all of our hands. We can treasure it, or trash it; value it, or devalue it; improve it, or impact it, nurture it, or neglect it; love it, or lose it … I could go on, but I think you get my drift.
The bottom line is that with seven-plus billion people on the planet (and growing), we can’t just take the future of nature for granted. Under huge pressure from a myriad of impacts, nature (and all of the critical life-giving services that it provides humanity), will not continue into the future without people making a conscious conservation/preservation effort.
On a daily basis we are bombarded with examples from all around the world of losses in biodiversity, in protected areas and other critical habitats; or impacts of key threats to nature such as overfishing, pollution and wildlife crime.
If people don’t care about these issues, and the future of nature, then it will simply continue to decline and diminish, and succumb to a “death by a thousand cuts” – chipped-away here and there, until it can no longer provide the essential building blocks upon which all of our societies and economies depend. And, along with it, the essential ecosystem services that underpin our well-being, such as fresh water, crop pollination, clean air, and fertile soils.
I hope you care, and I hope you can come to our event. I also hope that you’re “everybody” … who wants to make a difference.
Everbody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody
This is a story about four people, named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that … because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody, when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.