CONTINUED FROM P6
As we clear-fell the lungs of the planet, convert oceans into plastic micro-bead soup, frogmarch species to extinction, allow human population unlimited increase, treat rivers as chemical drains and reduce the growing capacity of living soil, what does kaitiakitanga mean on a planetary or national scale – or even for regional and local members and staff?
We and this beautiful planet are uniquely bonded.
We will doubtless continue to debate the meaning of the data, but, in concluding that we have careered into the planet system and knocked it sideways, we must decide whether we continue to try to bend it further to our service or whether we can learn to work with the Earth system processes to achieve the great benefits of civilisation.
The one is a form of violence that will almost certainly end in tears, and the other is like stepping into a brand new, committed relationship: a responsibility for sure, but it’s a whole new adventure, impossible on our own.
Either way, there’s no going back now: mopping up won’t work.