Sometimes we humans think too anthropocentrically and deny the fact that we live in an environment. I am not against wanting growth in human living standards, or the use of our resources, but I think we should limit ourselves to the point where whatever we use we can replenish. After all, we appreciate the environment because we gain something out of it. We want to conserve it because it is our home, and our source of life and well being. Problems arise when we can’t give back what we have taken and we start to worry because we will soon run out of resources to use.

  But what happens when we don’t all think like this??

 

  

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We need to understand each other and reach an agreement where we are all happy.

 

The Problem arising in the building of Jabulika Mine

 

 

   We see different points of view between the aboriginals and the Australian government.

The aboriginals

 

   The aboriginals in Australia have been in the country before the British colonists dating approximately 4000 years back. This is what they say: “They say we have been here for 40 000 years, but it is much longer – We have been here since time began. We have come directly out of the Dreamtime of our creative ancestors”. (1) They are formed by diverse tribes, and live all around the country mainly in New South Wales, and Queensland.

 

The Mirrar and the Kakadu national park

   The Mirrar live in the northern part of Australia amongst other peoples of different tribes, and they are the ones that legally have jurisdiction over their territory. This means that they have the responsibility to take care of the other tribes, and their lands. The specific area where they live is inside the Kakadu national park, and covers an area of about 20000 square kilometers.

Their point of view

   They believe that the lands should be preserved the same way they have always existed since part of their culture is to maintain the same place their ancestor have lived in. There are other reasons for which they oppose the creation of the mine such as the toxic waste that harms the environment and brings possible health consequences to the people. There are also some very deep spiritual reasons such as the specific places where their ancestors live which can only be spoken about by specific people during certain times. Invading this territory would mean the destruction of their history.

Anthropocentric, ecocentric, and biocentric points of view

   An anthropocentric point of view of this situation would only focus in the gains for the human being, meaning that if the problem is addressed from this point of view, the mine should be built and completely exploited as long as it lasts no matter what happens from the environment. A biocentric point of view would focus on the gains for the human beings all together along with the rest of the living and nonliving things that surround us. If the situation is taken care through this type of philosophy, the Mirrar would be taken into consideration, and the creation of the mine would be either altered or put into doubt. An ecocentric point of view would worry about the wellbeing of the whole environment, and certainly would not approve of the creation of the mine whatsoever.

My Point of view

 

    I believe that the mine should be built only if there will be some type of agreement with the Mirrar people, and the creators of the mine. Clearly the economic impact will be beneficial to the people of Australia, and potentially to the people of Mirrar, if jobs are provided to them. Only if this is able to happen then I agree upon the building of the mine. In the case that no agreement occurs, I believe that the Mirrar people should have their land respected, since it is of much sentimental value to them.

In a Nutshell

 

  As Human beings we are greedy, but we also have been blessed with the intellect to appreciate such things like honor, ethics, and values that make us greater animals than the rest. The economic impact of the mines is great, and we can`t deny that, but our values must go first, and our respect towards humanity must prevail.

 

 

References

 

 

1 “The Mirarr Oppose the Jabiluka Mine.” Welcome to the Mirarr Site. The Gundjehmi Aboriginal Corporation, 15 Sept. 1998. Web. 24 Oct. 2011. <http://www.mirarr.net/jabiluka.html>.

2“Google Images.” Google. CaJoh, 4 Jan. 2009. Web. 24 Oct. 2011. <http://www.google.gr/imgres?imgurl=http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_NOXa1CXNsxg/SWDzBXWKgwI/AAAAAAAAD1M/uo1HNzRh-JM/s400/culture+clash.jpg>.

3“Cultural Differences Gifts.” CartoonStock – Cartoon Pictures, Political Cartoons, Animations. CSL Cartoonstock. Web. 24 Oct. 2011. <http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/c/cultural_differences_gifts.asp>.

 

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