|Destruction of Old Growth Forest|
Old Growth Forests come in two basic flavours, virgin and forests that have not been logged in over 200 years.
As you can see in North America, or as some would call it ‘Turtle Island’ pretty much all of the Old Growth Forest is gone. 10,000 years of life destroyed by humans in about 400 years.
It is not coincidental that the destruction of Old Growth Forests in North America begins at the same time as the Industrial Revolution arrives in Turtle Island.
No I am not about to call for a return to pre-industrial society. Personally I like technology. Or at least I like some technology. I am not a fan of nuclear weapons but I do like nuclear medicine. Technology did not get us into global warming, improper desire did
Improper desire, greed, sin, name it what you will. Desire for and the associated actions to possess what is not proper has gotten us into this mess. Only proper desire and proper actions will get us out of it. What follows is one mans list of what those proper desires and actions are;
‘In the same way I saw an ancient path, an ancient road, traveled by the Rightly Self-awakened Ones of former times. And what is that ancient path, that ancient road, traveled by the Rightly Self-awakened Ones of former times? Just this noble eightfold path: right view, right aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration…I followed that path. —Nagara Sutta’
If you, I, and others will follow this path we can get out of the mess we are all in. If we don’t we won’t and we will continue our march into Hell.