Easter Island and otter poo

June 20, 2010 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

What, I hear you ask, is the connection between Easter Island and otter poo?

I’ll start with the otters: Calderdale Greens are campaigning against plans to build a huge leisure complex, housing, roads etc in our backyard, otherwise known as the Copley Valley. By any standards, this really is a horror story. There’s a facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111771515513034 , there’s reams of information prepared by the admirable group at the forefront of the campaign, but it was the otters that got me. They are rare, they are cute, they are great for the ecosystem, and their excrement tell us they’re alive and well in the Copley Valley. Until the builders get there.

My link to Easter Island is not tenuous. It’s conservation, or the lack of it a few centuries ago when the islanders ignored the message of their own eyes, cut down the last of the trees, knackered the ecosystem and thus doomed themselves to literal extinction. There’s a famous clip of David Attenborough standing in that treeless landscape asking the camera what that last, stupid islander was thinking. My guess is that he (sorry but it will have been he) was thinking of short term advantages he’d get from that nice Pacific wood. I’ll let you draw the modern inferences yourself – you don’t need me.


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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