Boots, Birds, and Binocs... Peru 2011
 
The dilemma of indigenous rights and the conservation of  biodiversity is problematic indeed. Tonight's reading was meant to promote a more moderate and pleasantly tasteful solution, all the while trying to dispel the myth of the ecologically noble savage. Though appealing to the psyche, I think the author fails to convey the proper sense of weight to the problems at hand. Downplaying the double punch of exponential population growth and increased per capita consumption is folly. These two problems when coupled present even more of a challenge to conservation and sustainability, a challenge largely unaddressed by the author's feel-good solution of "tenure for defense program".

However much such a proposition appeals to our moral tastes, it is an ecological cop out. The issue of indigenous rights is a tremendous thing to try to grapple with, and is one I know I lack the answers to, but such lofty debates can be perhaps overly academic, falling short of dealing with any real practical problem. His proposal would leave much to be desired for the people living in Manu, and quite handily dismisses the of conserving the extreme biodiversity of the park from this internal threat.  At times  it is necessary to take a step back from heated rhetoric and actually look at the problem with which one wants to solve.

~Mateo



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