Chapter VIII - Projects
Project 1: K.P.T
VIII-01: Feel the spirit of a virgin tropical rain forest.
VIII-02: Absolute necessity to preserve the world's Asian natural heritage.
VIII-03: An opportunity to position yourselves as true nature's problems solvers.
Project 2: Eco Villages without ideology.
VIII-04: the Villages of Wholesome Life.
Part 3 - Conclusion on an opportunity
"An opportunity to position yourselves as true nature's problems solvers "
The Khao Phra Thaew project:
Great reasons to become our sponsors.
Many prosperous private companies devote a fair share of their annual profits to humanitarian projects each year. It is therefore appropriate that they thoroughly consider their options before choosing to invest in those projects.
One generally tends to think of humanitarian projects in terms of direct help to human beings through the creation of hospitals, orphanages or, the distribution of goods of first necessity to the poorest populations of the Third World for instance. These used to be the only types of actions that could possibly help human beings. But our world has changed enormously over the past two decades.
The impact humanity has on Earth is so powerful now that it has indeed created the conditions of a mass extinction including our own human specie in a relatively short term. Unfortunately, this danger is seriously underestimated.
So the priority must change, and the necessary sums must be invested to restore nature everywhere.
In today's world, as we will demonstrate, it becomes increasingly beneficial to consider investing in nature's conservation, protection of the species threatened by extinction, and education on these subjects.
Leaders in many industries are the ones who have great potentiel to help solve major issues like our possible mass extinction wich threatens their own existence as corporations in the end because they quite simply wouldn't have any clients left if we, as humans, could no longer live on Earth. And as we will show, this is a real possibility which could occur sooner than most of us would like to think, that is to say in our own lifetime.
We now know for a fact that "It's a small world after all " and we don't have anywhere else to go! This planet truly is our village.
We are certain that enough of you who have the power to do so, will pick up on this urgent matter and decide to help make the necessary changes in this world so that our lives and that of our children will go on.
Humans stress ecosystems to the limit.
BBC News Online: Sci/Tech Friday, 15 September, 2000, 14:49 GMT 15:49 UK
By environment correspondent Alex Kirby
" The human impact on natural ecosystems has reached dangerous levels, according to US conservationists.
A report by the Washington DC-based World Resources Institute (WRI) says human activities have also begun to significantly alter the Earth's basic chemical cycles.
The report is the result of a collaboration between WRI, the United Nations Development and Environment Programmes, and the World Bank.
It calls on policymakers to use an ecosystem-based approach when negotiating international agreements.
The global assessment of the state of coastal, forest, grassland, freshwater and agricultural ecosystems was released in the Norwegian city of Bergen during a conference of world environment ministers.
It painted a gloomy picture of over-fished oceans, excessive pumping of water for farming, and destruction of coral reefs and forests."
Humankind impact: 50 % of our earth.
" The document is based on a $4m investigation, the Pilot Assessment of Global Ecosystems (Page), that used about 100 earlier assessments of various ecosystems and regions, as well as new data from satellite imaging and other forms of remote sensing.
Page will be followed by a larger $20m Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, due to begin in 2001.
Every measure used by scientists to assess the health of the world's ecosystems tells us that we are drawing on them more than ever and degrading them at an accelerating pace," Dr Klaus Topfer, executive director of the UN Environment Programme, said in a statement.
"We depend on ecosystems to sustain us, and their continued good health depends, in turn, on how we take care of them, he added. "
The report identified several examples of the stresses human activities are causing on the world's major ecosystems:half the world's wetlands were lost during the last century;
logging and land conversion have reduced forest cover by at least 20%, and possibly by as much as 50%;
about 9% of the world's tree species are at risk of extinction;
nearly 70% of the world's major marine fish stocks are either over-fished, or are being fished at their biological limit;
in the last half century, soil degradation has affected two-thirds of the world's agricultural land.
Water demand :
" The effect of the growing demand for water is also singled out in the report.Dams and engineering works have strongly or moderately fragmented 60% of the world's large river systems. They have so impeded flows that the length of time it takes the average drop of river water to reach the sea has tripled."
And the authors say it is not simply individual ecosystems that are being stressed to the limits.
"Human activities are significantly altering the basic chemical cycles that all ecosystems depend on."
"This strikes at the foundation of ecosystem functioning and adds to the fundamental stresses that ecosystems face at a global scale.
The report expresses particular concern about increased levels of carbon dioxide and nitrogen.
And the authors say too little attention is paid at any level to the role ecosystems play in sustaining life. "In most nations, and in most local practices, there is little use of the idea of ecosystems as essential biological elements that touch daily life and business.
At an international level, there is little use of the ecosystem approach when shaping agreements on trade, agriculture, forests, or water use."
Here is astrophysicist Hubert Reeves' opinion on mankind's future
By the year 2050, 25% of all Earth's living species will have been exterminated. The last time such an event occurred was 65 million years ago when a meteorite fell on Earth and exterminated 50% of them But lets pretend there is still hope. It is necessary to be voluntarily optimistic. I do not wish the disappearance of the human race! In any event, only two scenarios are possible: humans either manage to control their influence or they selfdestroy.
Related stories in english:Dying species 'endangering' Earth:
Astronaut sees Earth changes:
UK palaeontologist Professor Michael Boulter claims:
"Humans, like other large mammals, are showing signs of imminent extinction" Website not available
Forest survey shows big holes:
Climate change causing jump in natural disasters:
The dangers of climate change:
II The Khao Phra Thaew project
A step in the right direction
There is most definitely great potential for this piece of land to serve as a magnificent exemple of nature at its best and we can certainly envision the creation of many more such places throughout the world in order to fulfill our mission which is the salvation of humankind.
Khao Phra Thaew is already invaluable. Let this treasure be kept alive and let it be known to this world on the verge of its own extinction. It will happen if nature isn't preserved.
III Assuring the survival of wildlife is therefore assuring our own survival.
What could possibly be more important to the human race than its own salvation ?
Make no mistake about it. Having human beings understand this through education while preserving wildlife wherever possible is key to our future as the leading specie on this planet, our wonderful spaceship, which we deteriorated very rapidly over the last century alone by the missuse of many manmade inventions. Interestingly, those very same inventions or discoveries can often be used effectively in order to reverse the situation. But that only becomes possible when man understands that preserving the environment, even helping it to get back into a thing for him to do, because if he doesn't do it that actually better shape right now is the most beneficial means his end, purely and simply.
It requires vision, a higher level of purpose, of conciousness, to express itself through the human race as a whole in order for this situation to reverse itself. This can be obtained through information and education. Mankind needs to be steered away from meaningless pursuits that are frustrating and stressing it along the way while leaving it empty in the end. This is making people sick. Tending to the sick is necessary but preventing people from getting sick in the first place is far more potent in the end.
We definitely offer you an opportunity to position yourselves as prevention advocates, true problem solvers.
This requires vision because the profound effects of such projects take a while to manifest themselves but are there to stay and that is the beauty of prevention and the reason why it is the ultimate solution to really solve any problem Making sure the problem doesn't arise again.
The work may be harder but once completed, its benefits do not cease, they multiply !
" Give a hungry man a fish and he is fed for the day. Teach him to fish and he is set for life."
He can even teach others
We want to teach humanity how to save itself from its own extinction.
Lets set humankind for life, how about it ?
Don't you find it absolutely necessary ? We sure do !
And we're not alone.
It will be very useful to educate Thailand's youth on the natural richness of its country and have it feel the need to hand it down intact to future generations. For that, school visits accompanied by teachers must be organised with the agreement of the Ministry for Thai Education.Thai's charming traditions.
More important still, will be the creation of an "International University of Nature and Earth" that will have a location on the premiss to allow for the formation of some of the future elite leaders of the world, right there in the heart of this virgin forest, before they begin their professional life. They will learn what are the ecological links connecting all the human activities with all life forms of all the terrestrial ecosystems. Associated to that will be a Research Institute on all the Applications of Techno Sciences likely to quickly fix and repair the imminent dangers of the current rupture of the physico chimic balances of the ecosystems of our planet.
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