There is a wide feeling of pessimism about halting pollutionwhich is frequently accompanied by an individual sense of guilt; there have beentoo many shocks!
It seemed simple enough to clean-up smog; it was only factorysmoke and stuff! But it was a shock to learn that the worst air pollution was causedby the invisible gases from our own motor cars.
Water pollution seemed just a matter of being careful with drinkingwater and treating all sewerage; but it was another shock to discover that aftertreatment, the effluents which look quite clear still pollute the rivers and theseas.
It was a shock to learn that the milkman delivers the D.D.T.every morning and that it is in everything we eat.
The disclosures about how the chemicals concentrate along theliving food-chains was very interesting. The crunch came when we realised we werethe final link and got the bigeest dose.
D.D.T. in penguins in the Antarctica gave cause to wonder howmuch we eat in a meal of fish caught along our coastline. And in October, 1971 therewas a locust plague and 20,000 square miles of our country was sprayed with tonsof synthetic chemical poisons and not an alternative suggestion or a word of protestfrom anyone until it was too late--just a fatal acceptance of the inevitable? Hell!What a world and there is sure to be worse to come!
Pollution in this country was not an inevitable part of progressor of over-crowded cities.
Pollution is the result of the normal functioning over manydecades of an inefficient, arrogant and impersonal establishment. The environmentis polluted because it is made up of the chaotic landscapes of the establishment.
WE NEED A HUMAN ENVIRONMENT REVOLUTION. Not until there is healthand harmony in all our landscapes can there be humanity and common sense in the societyof man. This book is concerned with correcting the two fundamental causes of ourrapidly deteriorating environment.
THE FIRST CAUSE IS THE COMPLETELY INEXPLICABLE FAILURE OF MANKINDTO DESIGN HIS LANDSCAPE--HIS TRUE LIVING PLACE.
THE SECOND CAUSE IS THE BASTARDISATION OF AGRICULTURE. (seeChapter 14).
Mankind ages ago used his skills to design a shelter from therain where he could sleep safely at night, but he lived in the natural landscape.Eventually he designed a house, his castles and cathedrals, even a place for therepose of his corpse, but he did not design the landscape which he came to completelydominate. He became an architect but still he ignored the architecture of the naturallandscapes. But if he had used his developing skills and had learned to understandthe landscape design of Nature and also had come to terms with the soil which fedhim, he could have avoided his crimes against Nature which have caused his problemsof today.
He could have designed a landscape that was; healthy, pleasant,efficient and clean by using his skills and arts as they developed and combiningthem harmoniously in his living environment. If he had, he could not have fallenprey to the utter foolishness of divorcing his advancing knowledge into separatedcompartments. The fragments of science, which are his principal downfall, would surelyin such an environment, have been combined in wisdom and common sense. if he hadremained at peace with Nature he may have been able to live more peacefully withhis fellow man and have avoided his problems of pollution and of perpetual fear.
The principal difficulty in eliminating pollution may be themental attitudes of people. The older members of the population have been brainwashedand conditioned all their lives to believe in doctrines which in today's crowdedworld are false and anti-landscape. There has been no preparation in their educationor in their lives for understanding the problems of today which have seemingly rushedat them so quickly! It is difficult to accept that modern science is often differentfrom wisdom and that technology sometimes loses itself in its own clever creations.They do not fully understand why their own kids are so different from themselvesas youths. They have not yet appreciated that the revolt of kids against the establishment.represents the dawning of sanity and common sense in a society otherwise hell-benton its own destruction.
Those who were born after the Second World War entered the newworld of man's unlimited. power of annihilation. And during the years since then,the great nations have been equipping themselves for just that purpose. And if notthe military, there is pollution--the second road to annihilation! Youth had no partin causing it, yet they are suffering the most from its health-destroying and life-shorteningeffects.
Thanks to the attitudes of the establishment over the past fewyears, youth has been robbed of any reason to be proud of its country. But stillthe real hope lies today in the questioning disbelief of young people and in theircontempt for authority, whether traditional, financial, scientific or government,which does not make sense. They know the things that are wrong; they are searchingfor truth and real freedom, and many are devoting themselves to changing societyfor the better. It is a healthy sign that the wisdom and intuition of these peoplein Australia is leading them north in the search for a new frontier of life style.In the more heavily populated and over emphasised south eastern corner of Australia,where we have copied the exploitation of the environment from other countries, thesituation looks hopeless. But Northern Queensland appears to offer a chance to movein bold new directions and to influence future cultural, industrial and populationadvances in the quality of life. Countless others would like to follow them out ofthe environs of the big city and live in the country where they could grow theirown food free from artificial fertilisers and poison sprays and collect their drinkingwater from the rainfall.
BUT IT IS TOO LATE! The poison wave is too all pervading forthem to find either health or life satisfaction in any form of isolation.
The young people of today are the most important to world survivalin all human history and their destiny offers them only two courses of purposefulaction: Firstly, that they select and, by using their voting rights, take over aplace and build an environment of humanity and healthy balance as a demonstrationof living; secondly, that they start the Human Environment Revolution now whereverthey are; get with it and stay with it, no matter what!
They have the numbers and the strengths to do it. They havewhat no other age group ever possessed; a capacity to organise their thoughts andtheir actions to proceed almost spontaneously both as individuals and as a multitude.And they have a mutual integrity which is not a particular characteristic of theEstablishment.
In the past, the great revolutions came from empty bellies.The Human Environment Revolution is different. The dissatisfaction of youth and itsdemanding search for a better way of life is the power. Of course the Establishmentis the enemy, where the stupid and the complacent within government, and the evilsand the avarice of finance, science and big business, can never be reconciled ina common sense solution to the problems of the sick landscape or the inhumanity ofsociety.
The chemical sciences which have been debauched by businessto make billions from polluting the Planet will continue to out-shout the healthybut financially crippled biological and social sciences. Business will fight strenuouslyand as ruthlessly as ever against changes which threaten their influence and theirprofits, while at the same time, they will advertise with the power of their money,that they will save the world.
Youth has a task on its hands but they do not have to fighteveryone. The strangers, the confused and the lost in this world are not the youngpeople, but their parents. Youth should not dismiss them but should guide and teachtheir elders. Their most valuable ally may be the 'healthy' farmers and their wholesomefood. It could well be that city kids and these 'rebel' farmers will create the humanenvironment revolution.
There was variety and durability in the natural landscapes,but mankind has merely imposed his smothering clutter on Nature's living environment.He failed to design the special purpose landscapes for himself. The older professionsand each of the new professions which had to do with land use, merely added theirrandom pieces. Even the English countryside has no logical basis of design. Its pleasingappearance today arose from an era of tree planting which engendered a consciousnessof landscape, at the end of the seventeenth century and continued through the eighteenthcentury. There were fears that the nation was in danger of running short of hardwoodfor the fleet and for building purposes generally. Evelyn's book on forestry, "Silva",was published in 1678 and exerted a strong influence on the landed gentry.
I saw these landscapes during the spring and summer of 1958and visited some of the majestic homes, manors and castles. These buildings withtheir mature trees and artificial lakes seemed to lord it over the lush green fieldswith their copses, hedgerows, and planted forests. Even the fences and gateways possessedtheir measure of conceit. The near perfection of each individual factor had combinedin a mild and gentle climate to create a mosaic scene of great beauty.
The fragile nature of the landscape was apparent in the droughtof 1959 when it reminded an Australian of his droughty homeland.
This book shows that the harmony of pure design in the landscapesof Nature has always been overlooked. It offers a simple extension of Nature's wayfor the design of the environment of man.