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Friday, May 28, 2010

United Nations - TEEB Got It Wrong, Humans are Part of Nature

The United Nation's TEEB report states that humans have damaged about 1/3 of the Earth's habitat.  Other than the fact the word “damage” has many meanings there is another factor that  seems to have  been overlooked, animals. What about the animals,  they tear up jungles, eat away miles upon miles of nature, killing other animals just to   survive. For example, how many mussels, clams and fish are destroyed by  other animals each day? Cows and pigs just might be the third or fourth largest producers of gas released into the atmosphere. How many tons of hay do horses plant  each year, how many do they eat? We all know humans and their  record when it comes to keeping the water clean but, what about the fish in the oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, ponds and creeks?
I am not saying man doesn't need to be responsible for the way he treats the planet but the animals get a free pass, because they are nature.  I am a man and believe it or not I am part of nature!
 Now what about the TEEB REPORT, who comes up with it and what  do they say about it? TEEB is a UN study titled The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for National and International Policy Makers. According to its website,
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study is a major international initiative to draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity, to highlight the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and to draw together expertise from the fields of science, economics and policy to enable practical actions moving forward...TEEB is hosted by the United Nations Environment Program and supported by the European Commission, the German Federal Environment Ministry and the UK government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, recently joined by Norway’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and The Netherland’s Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment.
TEEB was put together by a worldwide group of scientists, business leaders and specialists in a variety of disciplines, headed by Indian banker Pavan Sukhdev.
Pretty impressive, right?  Well, apparently not in the eyes of its creators, because, as with so many documents today, they included a disclaimer, saying views expressed in the report are purely those of the authors and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the organizations involved.OK, so the people who came up with the information are not the ones who put the report together and the group that is using the report are distancing themselves from it!  But please don't get me wrong, each and every word of this report could be true — or not!
Speaking of each and every word, lets take a look at a few of guardian.co.uk's words about the report,
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has previously estimated that species are becoming extinct at a rate 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than it would naturally be without humans.
OK, I am sick of it. Humans are on this earth naturally, as in part of nature. I am sick of others telling me I am not part of nature. I did nothing to get here. Nothing, and I knew nothing about anything before I got here so, yes it needs to be said and I am saying it, Humans are a part of nature!  In fact, I would say, more so than the other animals and plants.
Now you know what this natural man believes

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