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Geoff Dawe, Byrrill Creek.

Humankind appears to be on the threshold of deciding whether to tether its life with the miraculous occurrence of nature, or with a belief in technology which, carried to the extreme of this fantasy, has humans kept alive on a dead planet apparently with minerals dragged up from the earth with machines.

A political spokesperson for CSG mining says we are running out of gas. That apparently is the reason why the state government has made the decision to poison the Great Artesian Basin of Australia! Apparently there is belief that machines will be able to purify our water in future. Haven’t desalination plants proved we have the technology to do this, appears to be the mindset, rather than that desalination plants are the proof that we know very little about water conservation.

This movement against the natural water purification ability of nature is engaged in by councils as well. In Tweed shire, the push southward in the shire to encompass greater development has rural roadside gutters and culverts being put in that bypass the natural breakdown abilities for oil and tyre residues by soil microlife, in favour of hard surfaces that send these residues straight to the river. The river from a technological point of view serves as a drain for industrial processes.

If there is scarcity of gas, and I doubt this because I think it is destined for China, then isn’t it time to ask what is the gas for and is it really needed? How about all the scientific information is laid on the table as to why food should be cooked or why it can be eaten raw? In so doing it may be found that the stove and all the gas that goes with that, can be chucked. Human technological prowess linked with the pre-human passion of greed, is a lethal combination.


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