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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.

Mark Skeld­ing

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