Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Reading Tea Leaves In The Desert

This man and his work intrigue me.

He is Alon Tal, and that desert in the background is the Negev, the desert comprising 60-66% of Israel. Dr. Tal was born Albert Rosenthal and grew up in North Carolina. He is an award-winning environmental activist and teacher, and you can read more about him here.

Click the article because, you see, I am hoping he will prove me wrong about something.

It is my persistent feeling that if anything brings humankind together, it will not be an ideological revolution. It will, instead, be an ecological crisis that presents us with a stark choice: getting along or extinction.

My betting money is on extinction. At best: appalling wars and a severe reduction of the human population.

Dr. Alon Tal is a reminder of why I might be wrong.

It could even be that Israel, with its enormously impressive work “making the desert bloom” in the arid Negev, could emerge a world leader on a critical ecological issue; and it could be a water crisis that forces her neighbors to settle their present conflicts and embark together on the challenge of desertification, irrigation, and access to drinking water.


X.K. said...

excellent. with limited resources one must appreciate what one has. the non-israelis who fight for israeli land--will they be so careful with it?

i am originally from a desert. those who cracked open the land didn't foresee that the water pumped in would collect toxins from human refuse, evaporate (it is still a desert, no matter how much water you put in it), and leave the toxins to accumulate. they also didn't realize the effect that air pollution would have on a valley, that great megalopolis 300 miles to the west notwithstanding.

Richard said...

Algernon, the links appear to be broken...