Friday, October 26, 2012
Many different groups in our Central Coast Region are dedicated to the protection and defense of the Natural World that ultimately sustains all life – including our own. Our human powers are great, and we depend upon them greatly, and so it is easy to forget that no matter how great our powers, we are ultimately creatures here on an Earth that we did not create ourselves. Ultimately, we must learn to live within the limits of the Natural World.
Many land use policy debates (debates about water policy come to mind) are really discussions about how we propose to confront (or perhaps attempt to defy) the limits of the natural resources that are essential for all life. The “desal” debate going on around the Monterey Bay is a great example. Do we live within the limits of the fresh water resources that Nature has provided, or do we seek to “manufacture” fresh water to support growth and development?
Last night, the Ventana Wilderness Alliance, one of the local groups that attempts to keep us focused on the Natural World, held a benefit in downtown Santa Cruz. Another such group is the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, and they will hold their 30th Anniversary celebration on November 2nd, at the Monterey Aquarium. I encourage KUSP listeners to find out about the upcoming celebration, and to think about attending a splendid evening in celebration of the Natural World that sustains our lives.