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LETTER FROM RINGSIDE
THE ECOWORLD PHILOSOPHY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ENVIRONMENTALISTS IN BUSINESS SUITS:
WANT TO SAVE RHINOS? HUNT THEM.
By Terry Anderson and Donald Leal
Enviro-Capitalism vs. Political Environmentalism. Win-Win vs. Win-Lose. Supply side theories at work to finance habitat restoration and endangered species comebacks. Want to hunt the African Elephant? Bagging one costs $12,000. An African Rhino will set you back $28,000. These immense sums of money collected from hunters have provided native peoples with the incentive to save these species, and they have done so. A little known success story, and examples abound. True market value recognizes scarcity, which when private ownership is involved, will encourage conservation and stewardship. Free-market environmentalism is alive and well, and what strange bedfellows the hunters and the animal rights activists make!
FLAGSHIPS OF THE FOREST
PACIFIC NORTHWEST & CALIFORNIA BIG TREES
By Ed “Redwood” Ring
The mission of EcoWorld, put another way, is to determine how many giant canopy trees there are currently growing on the planet, and to then plant enough more of them to double that number. In this section, we summarize the latest EcoWorld reforestation efforts, identify climate zones and the flagship trees that do well in each of them, provide tips, and ask for advice on topics relating to tree farming and forestry. The specialty and the focus, however, is on the “flagship” trees of each forest, the large, canopy providing trees.
PROPERTY RIGHTS -
THE CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE OF THE 90S
By Nancie Marzulla
Until last November, the United States was slated to become mapped according to ecosystems. These ecosystems would then be cross-referenced with lists of endangered species. Virtually anyplace, anywhere, would be a potentially key element of a protected ecosystem, or perhaps a potential endangered species habitat. When this happens, property owners lose most of the rights one would normally associate with ownership. Already the regulations are onerous. Landowners are terrified of endangered species appearing on their property. What reforms are in progress, and will the new congress make a difference?
CATCHING THE HEAT IN BERLIN
By Kent Jeffries
What happened in Berlin at the Earth Summit 1995? Is the earth really heating up, or just the rhetoric? What does weather satellite data really tell us about the earth´s average temperature? If there isn´t compelling evidence of catastrophic global warming, should we really consider huge new taxes on burning of fossil fuels? Are we about to “leap before we look?”
A Message from the World Rainforest Movement
What sorts of reforestation efforts are underway in Indonesia, a nation with a resettlement policy that is dislocating native peoples every day? This is a nation which has eliminated chemical fertilizers from its entire territory. A vast and complex, populous nation, perhaps the most underestimated nation on earth. What are the biggest, most long-lived trees in Indonesia? We should plant some.
LETTER FROM RINGSIDE
If you really care about the environment you have to think about
macroscopic things, and really watch them. Things like average ocean
temperatures, or atmospheric oxygen levels, or square miles of rain
forest canopy. Nobody is going to convince me, in any case, that if I
save my glass and paper for the recycler the world will be saved, and if I do not it will not. But there is one of those giant “indicator” variables that I can have an impact on, and hopefully so can you.
The great trees of the world, the giants, the canopy makers, the
providers of shade across vast stretches of continent, these trees allow green and moist things beneath them to live. They allow us respite from the hot sun. These trees matter. Everybody knows that. If these trees don’t live, neither does anything else.
While there are regional exceptions, worldwide these trees are falling
faster than they are being replanted. And even if trees were not
falling faster than they were being replanted, we would still want more
to be planted. Every year hundreds of millions of people are being
added to the global population. More people need more trees, not less,
or as many. Planting lots more trees in the world is unambiguously
good, even if there isn’t global warming, even if there isn’t
ozone depletion, even if there isn’t a single endangered habitat.
As it is, every year there is less vegetation in the world than there
was the year before. The only way this can be changed is by planting
lots of giant trees everywhere, and letting them grow to maturity before beginning to cut them at a sustainable rate.
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THE ECOWORLD PHILOSOPHY
Issue #1, May 1995
Nature and Technology in Harmony…
Protecting the environment and protecting individual rights at the same time. Decentralizing of authority. A private ownership model of environmentalism. In this issue we provide an example of free market environmentalism at work with our story “Enviro-Capitalists” that tells how the Rhino really was saved. The methods are controversial, but the result is undeniable. The Rhino is not going join the ranks of extinct species. Also in this issue we have an article that challenges environmentalists to examine when policies designed to protect the environment go too far and become counter-productive. “Property Rights – The Civil Rights Issue of the 1990′s” discusses how the endangered species act can induce landowners to do anything but nurture threatened species that may appear on their land. Also, as part of our attempt to shake things up a little bit, “Catching the Heat in Berlin” reports on the global warming conference just ended in Berlin and takes a look at just what facts are behind the global warming crisis. These articles are not intended to bash the environmental movement, they are intended to make it smarter and more effective. The men and women who wrote these articles are all passionate environmentalists. Their message may not be welcomed by all, but it is a new and necessary addition to the chorus.