Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Too little, too late . . .

Thanks to for his coverage of this issue. What we need in Bahrain, is a plan for the future, a clear idea of Bahrain AD. 2101.

We have a debate on our hands when it comes to the destruction of nature. The bottom line, it's too late to viably do anything about it. Bahrain's sea life has been destroyed by pollution (mainly by dredging, and marginally by industrial & civil waste), what little is left of it will never be able to regenerate in the toxic environment. Bahrain's land life, has been reduced to a couple isolated flocks of birds & a couple antelope herds.

So, what will Bahrain AD. 2101 be like?

I think everyone needs to take a deep breath & look at our situation, there are some very hard facts to accept. Bahrain will never have a viable nature preserve. Hawar & Umm Al-Na'asaan are neither isolated nor are they closed ecosystems. Take a step back & look at just where they are, between Saudi, Bahrain & Qatar, between 3 developed or rapidly developing industrial areas. They are set to be destroyed inevitably.

You cannot preserve an ecosystem in areas as small as Hawar or Umm Al-Na'aSaan. An ecosystem needs to be large enough & isolated enough to be self-sustaining. The future of Bahrain is urban, that means our children will not have much nature left at all. It's not really that bad when you think about it. We don't have the luxury of choice, since we don't have the luxury of space.

Al-Areen or Hawar will serve the interests of the nation & of it's people much more as prosperous towns or commercial areas than they will by preserving desert for dwindling numbers of oryx.

Please think about this. I am trying to take the argument beyond environmentalist vs businessman, I'm trying to be pragmatic.

To be worried about potential damage caused by huge development projects in places are rarely visited, when the tree of life in your own back yard is getting constantly raped, is blind hypocrisy. The tree of life is a National treasure, a symbol of Bahrain, the heart of local folklore, a flouted tourist spot & yet it is criminally neglected beyond believe. Probably the only way to save it now is to open up a gahwa near it to attract some income & open a botanist farm crow flowers & fruit near it to attract people that can take care of it. Undoubtedly, these places will need better infrastructure, places to eat, cold stores to serve employees, phones, electricity, plumbing & water.

The only viable way to save our natural treasures is to urbanise & commercialise them.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any type of life (human or not) should be respected and taken care of, as its home. The world was not given to us (humans) to destroy, or given to us at all, we were given to it, and the world has proved, it can destory us. There is nothing to be gained by attempting (intentionally or not) to destroy the world, our home, so why even try?

2:12 AM, December 14, 2005  

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