I just received an email pointing out the need to re-read and consider the Multiple-Use, Sustained Yield Act of 1960. I am sure the intent of the author was to suggest the importance of recognizing the productive capabilities of each acre of our remaining forested lands for a variety of forest resources. Certainly, Multiple Use management was an improvement back in the 1960's, but today's management of our remaining forested acres require significant change over past management practices. Our focus on what we can take from the forests must change to a focus on managing the forest communities for health and diversity. This change must come soon if we hope to provide a future for generations to come.
Dr. Diamond suggests that today's young people will be faced with having to make major adjustments in life styles over the next 50 years, that will challenge even the most progressive minds. It is our responsibility to start the process if we hope to provide for future generations.
Many of our political leaders still refuse to even accept scientific facts as to the impact humans have had on our environment. Denial simply exacerbates the issues and uses up valuable time required to begin the renewal effort. Time is not on our side!
Many suggest that science and technology will find a way for the future. If you take the time to study history, you will find that technological advancements normally intensify the environmental issues, not resolve them. In most every situation, I can think of, advanced technology adds the affluent life style we enjoy but, intensifies the environmental issues of the human environment.
Urbanization has and will continue to cloud and hide these critical environmental issues from the growing population worldwide but, the issues are still there and expanding in magnitude. Intensive management of our remaining forested lands is essential and it is time to start. Preservation will not even begin to solve the issues. Mother Earth needs help and it is the human species that must step forward! If you truly care about your children's future, you must be willing to become active and insist that those that represent you are in fact, knowledgeable and working to protect your interests! Dr. Diamond suggests that leadership from the bottom up has been the most effective means of resolving environmental issues in other societies. It is time for us to join hands and insist on the essential changes needed to bring us more in balance with the capabilities of our planet.