Diversity reflects on the human impact on the planet’s wildlife and species diversity. Driven by the
lack of awareness, ignorance and the effects of climate change, the biodiversity on the earth is
declining rapidly. The change is so catastrophic, that it’s the first time that a new geological period
has been set off by human action. The proposed name for this epoch that has begun with
industrialization and the massive burning of fossil fuels is antropocene. It may sound as an
achievement we can pat ourselves on the shoulders for, but its outcome is an ecologic disaster
already and a potentially exterminating one in the future.
With habitat destruction we reduce living space that was home to all kinds of animals from insects
to mammals. With pollution we poison fragile ecosystems in air, water and on land. With
(over-)fishing, (trophy-)hunting and poaching the already distressed wildlife is being cornered and
killed. Near human dwellings domesticated animals cause additional harm to wildlife.
It seems we can’t stand the chaos of the nature. We want to control and harness the forces of the
nature and make it neat and tidy. We call this “development”. We need the soil to provide our food,
but are afraid of dirt. We hate insects but love pets.
When the Sadaegang Saligi, the “Four-Main-Rivers Restauration” was begun in 2008 the goals
where high. Amongst them: the securing of the resource water against scarcity, flood control, water
quality and restauration of ecosystems. However, in many cases the bulldozers turned said
ecosystems into parks and the dams left the formerly meandering rivers stagnating, leading to algae
and dead water. Construction companies used the opportunity to illegally dispose hundreds of tons
of industrial waste in the land that was supposed to be natural and a source of drinking water.
I’ve travelled along the Nakdong river, where the restructuring of the land can be experienced first
hand on a bicycle path that connects Incheon to Busan. Itself an interesting pice of ecotourism
infrastructure on a gigantesque restauration project that has resulted in the opposite of what it was
set out to be.
Living near Daegu airport it was hard to ignore the many civilian and military airplanes overhead. It
left me wondering if there are more planes then birds in the skies above.