|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 15 Jun 2012 08:56:05 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, NATURAL RESOURCES: "Rewilding Kaho'olawe Island" (HI)|
Rewilding Kaho'olawe IslandIn Hawaii, the massive clean-up of an old bombing range shows how careless land use costs the future huge.
By Andrew S. Wright The Tyee (BC) June 15, 2012Sitting in an old military hut, Jamie's unexploded ordinance (UXO) briefing has my anxiety level rising. I am about to traverse a savaged land, a former bombing range still littered with live explosives. The region has been "cleared" with an 85 per cent probability that 90 per cent of the bombs have been removed. Not exactly cleared by my reckoning.
This is not Afghanistan. It is Kaho'olawe, Hawaii: an island unknown to the millions of surf-seeking tourists, forbidden to casual inquirers of Maui's southern cousin, yet treasured by the few who have contributed to its restoration. It's an island that has been ravaged by invasive species, ranchers and the military.
The cost of rewilding, or the art of returning land to a bioproductive state -- not explicit restoration -- has a price tag that exceeds $400 million. This is modernity's Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the recovery costs are staggering.
The cost of indiscriminate land use in the area is now burdened upon future generations. Perhaps Canadian public policy-makers, currently busy dismantling environmental protection laws, should take a moment to consider the lessons of Kaho'olawe.
... For the entire article, see http://thetyee.ca/Life/2012/06/15/Rewilding-Kahoolawe-Island/ -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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