Leave No Trace

I am not certain how many people in this country heard of the Principles of Leave No Trace, such as the conventional ones being explained here, or the updated ones discussed here. Heavy development, as people jump onto the train of "prosperity and wealth" rush, has put a giant footprint on our daily living environment. I have no idea how long this is going to last before the nature acts back on us. In fact, this is already happenning and it’s taking tolls in a massive scale (see here and here for comprehensive accounts).
Humans love to creat legacies and leave marks, unfortunately often with no sensible rationals and in harmful ways to mother nature, and it backfires.
We used to be only capable of doing such damages with largely limited and local impacts. Now we are reaching out and engaging a globalized endeavor in a collaborative fashion. I have this IPod nano originally designed in California, with electronic components patented by Japan and Korea and made in Taiwan, assembled in China by a young lady (of course), distributed by a Hongkong dealer, retailed back into the USA for profitable end users, and technically-serviced by people in India. Call it a smaller planet, however, more vulnerable to hostile activities and easier to destroy. In particular for the part that is at the bottom of this hierarchical globalization order, such as this country.
But…, there always will be an end for every party. Within an evolutionary time scale of the Universe, human civilization is nothing but a snapshot. Like other things, without exception, it came into existence and will eventually phase out. Along the course of species evolution on earth, we individuals are merely a blink of eyes. We will be all dead in several decades if not sooner by this Shanghai air, water, food quality, and mannerless drivers. What will we be able to hand over to our children? A huge mess that we recklessly left behind. Some imaginary and predictive studies have tried to look deeper into the impact of human activities on the ecosystem of our planet (see here and here for earth without humans). I think this clearly indicates a lack of vision and courage to look beyond the horizon, beyond personal goodness and beyond immediate comforts, and repeated failures to address emerging issues with effective public policy makings. What can be a better testimony to this failure than living in a material-chasing and deeply-polluted city?
Why can’t we just clean the street here in Shanghai for all people using it (never mind the air, that is too much to ask)? A simple question but went unanswered, particularly given the fact that we can all clean our own rooms for ourselves.
Ok, go hike the mountains, but please, leave no trace.
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  1. 毕兹卡

     /  November 30, 2007

    that is quite logic
    一屋不扫,何以扫天下….  does it mean: 扫了一屋,才能扫天下?  or 既然扫了一屋, 何不一并扫了天下?
    "Why can\’t we just clean the street here ,particularly given the fact that we can all clean our own rooms for ourselves?"….
    隐含条件是, 既然我们都爱自己的家,为何不爱大家的家?
    just like 大禹治水, 三过家门而不入 因而受人崇敬, 隐含条件是,大禹必爱自己的家及家人.


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