Sea People

The President of the Maldives tonight described his people as ‘sea people’ They need the sea to survive- just not swamping their homes! Island people have an unbreakable bond with the sea. Indigenous people have an unbreakable bond with the earth. 

While the Maldives drowns, some still sit around arguing about whether the climate is changing. While we in Australia use 4 times our share of the global footprint, the people of the Maldives have Australian scientists helping them to be carbon neutral through growing their own fresh food and other measures.

There is something terribly wrong when they are the ones drowning, while our developers are being enabled to build concrete monstrosities on our waters edge which extend our footprint ever further. The urbanization of our society has taken most people so far from the earth and the sea- it’s no wonder they can’t even comprehend the concept of climate change- after all they think it’s NIMBY (not in my backyard)- yet.! Where is the incentive to be selfless rather than selfish, to think longterm rather than shortterm profit, in western societies? Shame on us!

 

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The Australian Centre for Sustainability Literacy is a division of Julie Boyd and Associates, who have been working for three decades to educate students in becoming positively contributing world citizens. We use a careful integration of solid research and evidence from a broad range of fields across education, community, business and leadership to support the 7th Generation concept which says that all decisions need to be made for the benefit of 7 generations forward.
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One Response to Sea People

  1. Adarsh Rao says:

    Constructing urban buildings and structures in the name of ‘development’ is happening across the globe. You are absolutely right. Most of the individuals seem to be of the opinion that ‘as long as I make a profit, I don’t care about climate change.’ It is a very myopic line of thought. It will do a lot of good if sustainability is considered in all of the construction ventures.

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