Sad Story about Snake, Mouse and Owl

This may not exactly same, yet I’m quoting Paul Kingsnorth here

“Why do people feel special, that makes them ignorant to environment?”

I am not an environmentalist, yet my job ‘forced’ me to learn about it. It was quite hard for me to be adapted to such scientific terms (e.g. climate change, global warming, biodiversity etc.) yet I am sure, it worth the effort.

If I were to tell the whole journey, I will spend too much of my precious time to write, and your time to write of course. So, I will keep it simple. Let me give you some little context here.

Urban Cities

It is undebatable. There are more and more urban cities in our world. Prognoses showed that by 2020, more than 60% of world population are living in urban scape. ‘Global South’ countries will experience rapid-growth of population, in which urban population tripled, while rural population only grew by 38%. Less people will be living in rural areas, which is not impossible there will be no more people living there by year xxxx (I cannot project this for sure). Some resident of rural areas in Indonesia had left their home (Metro TV covered this story about Suku Anak Dalam residents).

No Option but to Expand

Since more people coming to the city, more houses need to be build, more transportation need to be operated, more water, electricity, fossil fuel to be used and so on. Which in turns will make less green areas (because of land conversion), land subsidence (because we keep pumping ground water), water scarcity and bad sanitation (because more people use water, yet our water management is still poor), and so many other possible problems that could come up. Of course, urbanization or populated urban areas are the only reason to be blamed for these whole problems. BUT! Trust me, each of urban problems are connected to each other, let me give another simple example of this.

Since urban city keep expanding, we cannot afford/there is no more space in the city, so then we begin to expand the urban boundaries (in which it might be formerly function as agriculture space, swamp, or just green area (forest, peat lands). As we built more houses within urban boundaries, its former function has disappeared. We forced the land to be able to function its best performance on drainage, we built simple drainage without further planning (thought it will be just fine). It can take several months, or sometimes year, and another years to see the impacts of it. When it used to be swamp, it used to function as natural drainage, but when it is disappeared? say hi to the flood! Then flood will bring diseases, it will cause more people in hospitals, more people seek for money to pay, and more jobs needed, more fierce competition, more unemployment. Does it sounds make sense for you?

Biodiversity Changed

Still connected with my former argument on land conversion, when mosquitos used to live in the swap also with frogs, and we finally built houses there, where will they go? First option: they will be living with us, second option: they will leave and go to urban areas just like us. Both of those two options have similar implications. Mosquitos seek for blood within our house, either it is in urban areas or urban boundaries. We will then kill them with chemicals, which some research proved that while we think it is effective to use chemicals to kill mosquitos, it might also increase their immunity (since we have this immune system to adapt to each condition, Kelly Clarkson said: what does not kill us will make us stronger, that might be applied to mosquitos too)

Today, I learned interesting project from Semarang’s City Government. As they are preparing presentation at Melbourne, I came to the hearing. They spoke about how land conversion has made least rice field available in Semarang. Even if it still exist, several damage to its ecosystem had happened. Since more houses built around urban boundaries, snakes that used to find their food in the rice field began to visit resident’s houses. Residents who freak out of it started to kill it, while some other started to hunt for it. Since residents killed more snakes, there is no snake left around the areas, which then mouse live happily ever after, because their predator has disappeared. And then, farmer began to experienced loss (because mouse eat their agricultural products), mouse also brings disease which then residents started to suffer because of it.

Thus! Semarang’s City, specifically Department of Agriculture implement started owl breeding to hunt for mouses. They refuse to use chemical substance for killing mouse. They breed owl, train it to eat mouse, and place them in several areas which has a lot of mouse (based on their area assessment). Sadly, owl resulted from that breeding process will have no choice but to eat mouse during their lifetime, sorry owl, human are cruel.

It fascinated me as former social student, I just knew if there are people who actually do research on mouse, and owl, and bird and fish (which called biodiversity). Which it such a shame that our Government has not yet take this matter seriously (of course our country has too much problems already), but who knows if this matter can contribute much to solve those problems, right?

Although we cannot do much to these complicated urban—climate change—biodiversity matter, simply educated yourself about the issues, share it and do acts to safe our earth will be our best contribution to the future generation.

I am posting this as reminder to myself too.

Have a nice Friday night pals!

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