Managing our reproductive rates (world population) and economic activities and growth model to stay within the limited carry capacity of our planet Earth, with special emphasis on limited geographic spaces and protecting and preserving our scares resources to achieve a goal of zero pollution emissions and sustainable living. This requires the halting, stemming and reversing of the two most pressing environmental emergencies:
Climate change: Global warming causes by pollution, which in turn will lead to the melting ice caps. This in turn will cause rising sea levels which in turn will erode and overwhelm entire coastal towns and cities. It will also lead to climateinstability (increased, extreme and unpredictable weather patterns like fire storms, flood storms and drought).
Biodiversity Loss: The loss of biological diversitythat has manifested itself in the mass extinction of entire species, driven by land transformation and biodiversity loss and climate change.
ERADICATING IGNORANCE THROUGH EDUCATION
AND PROMOTING THE TRUTH
Ecological degradation that has led to climate change and loss of biodiversity, is the greatest challenge of our time.
It is therefore critical to stem, halt and reverse ecological degradation by rehabilitating and restoring (healing the Earth) and then preserving and protecting its biological diversity (biodiversity) to stem, halt and reverse mass extinctions of species, which included the extinction of the human race and the end of our civilization.
A Problem Statement
The world’s modern ecological crisis was exacerbated by the industrial revolution since 1760 and has since then increased exponentially. Modern environmental history developed after the 1950’s, when the crisis became unprecedented in its magnitude, pace and severity (Park 2001).
Human economic activities are also overwhelming the biosphere.
Awareness of this environmental crisis has grown since Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring in 1962, and with the Club of Rome Limited Growth in 1970.
Localizing the Problem Statement
1. The current unprecedented Environmental Emergency and Ecological crisis facing humans.
2. The value of biodiversity to humans both for the economy and for ecological functioning - the role it plays to keep ecosystems healthy and the role ecosystems play to supply us free air, water, nutrients, etc.
3. The importance of not only protecting biodiversity, but because it is degraded – the need to go further and stem, halt, restore biodiversity for balance and optimal functioning.
4. The value large predators such as lion play in maintaining and protecting biodiversity and keeping an eco-system in balance.
5. The permit system as a tool to maintain, protect and improve biodiversity as it regulates adequate enclosure certificate – re-introduction of lion, etc.
Understanding the Problem
The root cause of all wide-ranging environmental problems (which have manifested into an ecological crisis as global warming and mass extinction of life (Biodiversity loss), is population increases.
Population growth is therefore the root cause of all these problems. It is important to address the root cause, and not its many effects. The problem arises because the Earth has limited space and finite or scares natural resources are being depleted faster than they can re-generate.
It was in response to a challenge about the manner in which the human race treats the earth and a race against time to save us from our own destruction. A war against nature is a war against ourselves so we must work with it, not against it. We are part of nature, not apart from it. We eventually decided to look for a project to protect and maintain biodiversity. A seven year search took led us to Badplaas (now eManzana) in the spring of 1998.