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LETTER FROM RINGSIDE
THE ECOWORLD PHILOSOPHY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DON’T SHUT DOWN AMERICA
THE SACRED TRUST OF PRIVATE STEWARDSHIP
By Nancy Marzulla
Defenders of property rights are organizing, and one of the leading spokespersons for this movement is Nancy Marzulla, an attorney who chairs this non-profit foundation located near our nation’s capital. In this column she cuts loose on the environmental extremists, and provides a useful perspective for environmentalists of whatever proclivities to ponder.
AT HOME ON THE RANGE WITH WOLVES
MAKING A LIABILITY INTO AN ASSET
By Terry Anderson
Noted free market environmentalist Terry Anderson describes how, if bringing the timber wolf back to the mountains of Wyoming and Montana is really what we want, the job can be done better and cheaper using private incentives to landowners.
FLAGSHIPS OF THE FOREST
REPORT FROM THE GREENHOUSE
By Ed “Redwood” Ring
The first EcoWorld Greenhouse & Nursery is well established, and in this report the systems and procedures necessary for anyone, anywhere to build their own EcoWorld Greenhouse is laid out like a recipe. Careful study of this concise plan will qualify you to begin your tree growing venture. Remember, we intend to double the timber mass of planet Earth by May 2045.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
When timber is harvested on a rotation, can the soil continue to maintain the quality necessary to allow the large trees to continue to generate new forest mass at historic rates? This is a question with huge implications in Papua New Guinea, where exactly such a practice is considered enlightened by the national government in Port Moresby.
SPACE COLONIES HELP EARTH’S ECOSYSTEMS
A NEW AGE OF EXPLORATION AND COLONIZATION
by Ed Ring
Why colonizing space RIGHT NOW will cause a technological revolution, an era of global prosperity, save the ecosystems of earth, and contribute to world peace.
LETTER FROM RINGSIDE
Attempts have been made by completely unrelated interest groups to own the meaning of environmentalism, or ecological thinking. It is unusual for an environmentalist to pronounce himself a libertarian, for example, but it is common for environmentalists to get lumped in with socialists. The precious bird called environmentalism has been flying for too long with only one wing, the left one.
Environmentalism properly perceived must also see the tremendous potential of deregulation, more private ownership, smaller government and less taxes to promote environmental causes. In many important cases it was individual stewardship and the profit motive that was the only way the environment could be helped.
In South Africa, for example, cattle ranching has been replaced by big game hunting as the most lucrative land use in the arid interior. Rhinos cost $28,000 to kill. The hunter becomes a part of nature, and the landowner becomes a very concerned naturalist, maintaining the herds of game species in order to continue receiving payments from hunters. I invite anyone anywhere to tell me a better way the rhino could have been saved. Governments could not have done a better job, or they would have.
An economy unfettered by excessive regulations becomes more dynamic, more innovations are tried, and wealth is created faster. This means that such a society will have the financial means to protect the environment, investing in long-lead technical solutions; orbiting power stations, desalinization plants, massive reforestations, all endeavors which bequeath on the following generation an even more prosperous society, able to undertake even more ambitious projects, such as colonization of the solar system.
Of course some limited government is necessary, but the priorities of that government should never be to pass more laws, increase entitlements, create new protected status groups, build prisons, and regulate speech. Shouldn’t a government instead prioritize spending taxpayers money on something that will pay financial dividends to everyone, instead of spending our money on projects that will all do nothing more than create their own compounding needs?
Do we want to live in a world of individual freedom and prosperity, with the financial resources to fix anything we want in the environment? The opposite extreme is a dark age akin to George Orwell’s “big brother” nightmare, where an authoritarian central government enforces with an iron hand control over all property and all thoughts.
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THE ECOWORLD PHILOSOPHY
Issue #2, June 1995
Nature and Technology in Harmony…
In this issue we stay on track with our determination to give free-enterprise environmentalism the hearing that it merits. “Don’t Shut Down America” by Nancy Marzulla takes on the leftist environmental extremists, and presents an alternative, the “sacred trust of private stewardship.” “At Home on the Range With Wolves” by noted free market environmentalist Terry Anderson shows another way to preserve endangered species, one that creates an incentive to the landowner. “Report From the Greenhouse” will fill you in on our EcoWorld tree growing activities, and provides instructions for those of you out there who want to get started with their own tree nurseries. “Rainforest Update” from the World Rainforest Movement goes to another part of the indonesion archipelago this month, the independent nation of Papua New Guinea, where one of the last tropical wildernesses left on earth is being clear cut. Worth taking a look at, wouldn’t you think? “Space Colonies Help Earth’s Ecosystems” takes a look at the ultimate way to solve problems (including environmental ones) through economic growth, by speculating on the immense wealth that would be generated through industrialization of the solar system. Good reading.