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Natural water systems have been badly damaged around the world through a variety of reasons. To re-establish back is going to take a long time, if ever, to get them to former glory.

Human 'progress' has most definitely never taken nature into consideration, this is why we are in the predicament we currently find ourselves. We may not have caused the whole problem but we have most definitely contributed in a very large way.

I completely agree. Nature changes sometimes for better or worse if left on its own, but humans rarely help improve nature. The best we seem to do is plant trees in areas we destroyed.

A great example to consider is the wildfires in British Columbia and California. Sometimes these are actually natural and caused by lightning. Occasionally they are necessary to maintain healthy forests.

Flooding is another one too. We think we are helping the river when we stop if from flooding, but it happens during the rainy seasons for a reason.

This is such an important subject! Us humans have done so much damage to this beautiful planet! Here in South Africa the rivers and dams are awfully polluted by big industries as well as people living in informal settlements along the waterways. It's going to be a long hard haul to clean up the mess and bring back the fish and other water life.

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I can imagine where you live it is a mixture of colonial exploitation, mining and poverty causing a lot of the destruction. Sadly, without government help, there isn't much that can be done about the informal settlements because they are too poor to make responsible decisions.

You've hit the nail on the head! We are putting a lot of hope in our new president who has a steep hill to climb after stepping into the shoes of his predecessor. Hopefully basic needs like unemployment and housing will be addressed correctly. It's so sad to hear how the RDP housing is being exploited, in many instances going to officials who use family/friends names to get the free housing and then rent it out instead of it going to the poorest of the poor! One can't blame those communities when they protest!

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I wasn't familiar with public housing being exploited. It happens a bit here in Korea. The politicians and other elites are thrown into prison and booted out of office when they get caught. It's not a very good way to get popular. There are some weird ways to qualify for government assistance like if you have an ancestor that was involved in the Independence movement, so sometimes they technically do qualify for assistance, but obviously it's frowned upon if you don't need it. Dodging out of military service or picking up foreign citizenships for your kids to avoid it is another political career killer here.

Hopefully, your country fixes its problems, but there are just so many it's difficult. I'm always stunned with the xenophobic things on the news and the power shortages. You'd think with all the good farmland and minerals, they would be able to sort these things out. It's definitely not a lack of resources, it's gross mismanagement and colonialisation hasn't been an excuse for over 25 years.

Very sad that this is happening in Korea as well, all for greed! The xenophobia really is bad, those refugees often get exploited by being given poorly paid jobs; they often work harder than the locals as they're desperate and afraid so they say nothing when their employers abuse them. The locals in turn get angry as they feel their jobs are being taken away but I would put a lot of blame on the greedy employers! It's a viscious circle! Much of our power and water problems are due to gross mismanagement, lack of maintenance just one of the issues!

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It seems like a nightmarish situation for the migrants. The more I learn the more I realize how fortunate I am to be born where I was. I'm not reallybin favor of the term first world problems, but I feel it explains a lot of my problems well.

People just don't understand the importance of wetlands my friend. I love roaming in them and they are full of life. Fools are also crowding them out here in South Africa.
That is certainly some weird looking chicken!
Blessings!

We need to stop thinking of development in the traditional sense which is the destruction of nature. I am glad people are starting to understand the importance. Humans are already using up enough of the planet, we should protect the areas we haven't already destroyed from further encroachment.
In Korea, it is due to a lack of space and land values being very expensive. Urban areas are already very dense.

So true, I read that they are clearing huge areas of forests to farm in many countries that are cramped for space and man has also ever had his eyes on the Amazon. The mining companies are also encroaching on protected areas here in our country. All for money of course.
Until the last bird sings, then only will man know that he is doomed!
Blessings!

Sadly, you are right. It will not stop until we are long past doomed. According to quite a few people who study the environment, it's already to late to turn things back. I guess they realized that despite 50 years of warning, we've barely applied the brakes on development.

I also read a study on this and it is so scary.
But we are dealing here with hard-hearted people that are driven by profits my friend. Normally the only way that they wake up is when they and everything that they touched are in complete ruins.
It is then they adopt the victim persona.
But the day will come!
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Thanks for the shout out to save the natural wetlands and let nature do it's thing!
I was bought up being concerned about the wetlands as a child for my father worked on water conservation for forty years with Ducks Unlimited. I love to see the nature reserves that he was instrumental in creating - one right beside my niece's property making a lovely wetland area by the city full of waterfowl - truly gorgeous landscape!
Thanks for sharing!

I really like Ducks Unlimited. They are doing a lot of great work to not only restore damaged wetlands, but also to keep development from encroaching on wetlands. I read somewhere windmills near wetlands kill a lot of birds. Also windows and cats kill more than hunters ever could. I was surprised when I learned the majority of Ducks Unlimited supporters are hunters. But I guess that makes sense, they want to keep things completely sustainable so they can hunt with their grandchildren. A well-managed wetland will produce a lot of healthy ducks. Conservation is really important and allows moderate use of land by people as long as it is well managed.

Do they have Ducks Unlimited in Korea? I live in Canada and my Dad worked all across Canada. I didn't know it was overseas.

I don't think it's in Korea. But I lived in Ontario for over 20 years and learned about it while there.


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Howdy sir abitcoinskeptic! Well said, nature doesn't need our help to mess it up, we mess up wherever we go. Wonderful photos and information here sir, well done!

Thanks a lot. I'm all for sharing the planet. But I think we have taken up our fair share and should stay further away from the bits we haven't already messed up.

Exactly, especially when they are such an important part of the ecosystem!

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Oh yes, wetland protection - so essential. We are fortunate to have many estuaries along the South African coast and most are part of coastal reserves. It's the wetlands further inland that get ignored. Especially the ones that, naturally dry up, and are not recognised as wetlands. Let me stop. We're on the same page.

You got me (again) on this:

I am starting to get disillusioned with 'eco-parks' and 'green energy',

Likewise: I often wonder how much energy is used, and environmental damage results, from this crusade. I wonder how much real research has gone into the long term effects. Many will (and do) argue that the long term benefits outweigh the short. I had this thought when we installed our solar water heating system. To save energy, yes. And money. But also the environment. Then I discover the tubes are imported from Ireland. Carbon footprint. HUGE

I gather similar debates are beginning to emerge around the real advantages of a plant-based diet. That's another debate for another time.

Some beautiful places and photos and, as always, thought-provoking.

Fiona

Glad you liked it.

My issue with the eco-parks is they bring people to nature and people keep trying to find more and more pristine nature. But there is a dangerous trend, the more it is advertised, the more facilities, the more people who show up, the more damaged it is. I keep thinking of 'the beach' in Thailand or Boracay in the Philippines. Both had to shut down. Apparently, they were beautiful 30 to 40 years ago. Now they are cesspools.

We have to be really careful with those loaded words like 'eco-friendly', what does it mean? For example, an eco-friendly dryer is called a hanger.

I do want to write about food and farming, but perhaps another time. Efficiency is really difficult to get right. Too many things to consider.

Oh, you are so right. Pristine places destroyed because they become popular for being pristine. Sometimes I loathe the knock-on effects of tourism. So destructive.

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Often when I find the best places, I don't brag. I get really angry when people destroy nature for a photograph. Scuba divers on coral reefs with their pocky sticks and fins are the worst.

Urgh! I agree with you. I hate how many people have found our village....and moved here, and, and...

I think all of the world's problems always comes down to the fact that we continue to allow the greediest of people to take the lead and destroy everything good, bit by bit.

That new apartment complex there in the wetlands - some greedy construction mogul in the business of building for profit sees nothing but dollar signs in the location, and they couldn't care less about any "environmental" damage they will also create by building that complex there.

So we all end up with a new apartment complex we didn't really need, that will destroy wildlife and the environment, (and eventually us), and the only beneficiary is that greedy builder, who now is off finding another area to destroy.

But by all means, let's just carry on as usual.

I think all of the world's problems always comes down to the fact that we continue to allow the greediest of people to take the lead and destroy everything good, bit by bit.

Spot on, we celebrate wealth and power.

The most annoying thing about the apartment complex is they market it based on being environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly. We reclaimed this land in a 'sustainable' way. It was a swamp, not a toxic waste dump. They destroyed a natural environment and are literally bragging they didn't destroy as much as they could.

Cities should build verticle. People already take up enough space. We don't deserve a nice view if we keep encroaching on it.

So true as this is also happening in the Philippines. Wet lands turn into commercial and housing subdivisions. There wetlands near our area that is a location of migratory birds. They covered it up with dirt and now the birds are gone.

Oh, that's really sad about the birds. There are so many migratory birds that depend on wetlands to help them travel their long distances and there are a lot of year-round feathered residents, too.

Looks of important information in the writeup @abitcoinskeptic. So true that we need to leave nature alone and quit our infringing on the wetlands.

It's so tempting to drain them and built on or farm that nice rich soil. I hope people stop.

That is definitely a bizarre looking chicken.

Energy use and consumption absolutely needs to change, but it's difficult when people like their creature comforts and like to pay as little as possible for it. I personally think that solar energy is the future, once we get there; right now solar cells aren't robust enough to do what we need, and the batteries they power aren't as strong or long lasting as we need. It will happen at some point but, yah, right now it sucks.

More solar energy is definitely in our future. I also think recycling and reducing energy consumption and land use will happen, too.

You are right, people won't draatically change and they will keep voting politiciams who share the same visions. We need miracles in technology to help us.

People are stupid, we'd kill our environment for a buck 🌎 @abitcoinskeptic 😠

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Yes. I really like the idea of making more natural parks and conservation. People want to make a buck, but they also don't want fines for damaging protected things.

We so need to take care of Mother Nature before she comes back to haunt us BIG TIME !!

I think we are either already past that point, or it's impossible tonstop is from going past that point. It doesn't mean we should give up. We should keep doing more because it keeps getting worse.

I guess we will be inspired by destruction or cost savings.

Funny this looks like the rural part of Rotterdam where I live, including the 11 ducks we own. Nice to see and isnt nature pretty. This would be great for the contest by adalger you should look it up

Wow you own 11 ducks. Very lucky.

I'll have to check out that contest by adalger. All I do is visit wetlands and natural places.

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Very informative post indeed! 😉👍

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Thanks. Very insightful comment indeed! 😉👍

You are so correct @abitcoinskeptic, if each one of us did our part to protect these areas perhaps we could make a small difference. The balance between growth and preservation is so out of balance and our wetlands/wildlife is the first to suffer. Thanks for sharing with us!

Glad youblike it. I figured you would be another person who understands well especially given your nickname. You are right the key is balance.

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