We have just come out of world earth day and everyone is talking about preserving the environment. But no one is talking about preserving the intangible connection to the physical environment by humans who have potential to destroy the earth we love so much.
Humans are affectionate species on ear
th. But they are also the most creative and experimental.
Thus they choose and implement what gets done on earth – be it positive or negative. They multiply.
All these being potential red flags to earth’s destruction. Hence we should focus on their needs to preserve the earth. We should be worrying about making human creativity and experiments compatible with earth preservation.
To achieve this we need worry about observing what and why do humans carry forward certain behaviors in environment but not others? That is, what do they choose to inherit (heritage) and why?
How can we influence human inheritance choices that save mother earth?
By so focusing we will realize that those strategies that make humans affectionate towards earth components need to be nurtured than killed. Management of earth should therefore encourage strategies that give ordinary humans like this surrounding African wilderness and wildlife reserves the reason to protect the earth- WILLINGLY. The common protected area model is practical at a certain level but it disconnects resident humans from their affection with certain portions of earth, by so doing making them indifferent to those portions of earth.
HOW CAN WE NURTURE BACK AFFECTION?
By identifying and isolating and fully recognizing cultural heritage aspects of nature reserves in Africa. By bringing
back the connection in real time interaction and interpretation.
For more on HOW read my book outlined in earlier post on cultural heritage conservation and management theory and practice in Africa.