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April 25, 2007


Michael Herrick

I have been enlightened by your articles for a long time now. This one in particular was the article I hoped would get written.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jared Diamond's Collapse and used his introductory chapter as a research model for my Advanced Writing Skills class. (I missed being involved in the first Earth Day though I remember vividly the National Guard and the teach-ins two weeks later due to the Kent State Massacre.)

I am writing on behalf of the English Department of the College of the Bahamas for your permission to consider using this article in our first-year English composition booklet (2007-2008). The students need to know a little about the history of the environmental concerns of the world and some Bahamians.

The purpose of using your article would be to understand its message, model its structure and expository style, and mine it for ideas to write essays about. We would include the full reference to Jared Diamond's book.

It will be read during the school year from possibly anytime in September though March (before next Earth Day) by today's 17-18 year old college students.

larry smith

Thanks - and no problem.

Percival Miller

Mr. Smith:

I would add, further, that in the case of preserving natural resources, both of immediate and indirect benefit to our species, and to others in our area, a cost-benefit approach, rooted as it is in human goals, would be imperfect, and poses risks that may aid the types of catastrophes that you mention.

Rather, it appears wiser, as humans and only one of a host of nature-dependent species, to determine how to live with that amount that would least disturb stability or, or that would support resource equilibrium.

If we begin to think about our current natural asset restrictions in terms of the Bahamian population, and add in the probability of impacts of climate change on resources such as fresh water and agriculture and fishing, it may be clear that cost-benefit, which can assume a less-dynamic state than for climate change impacts of less land capacity and possibly marine resources, cost benefit, where we select what we use based upon its benefit and cost us, is a relatively simplified constraint, originating from market supply and demand. While our own learning to live with less so as to preserve critical resources that provide food and water can lessen demand, you can see that those resources will control 'supply,' and we might not have the objective approach of selecting according to cost. So, with supply being an independent variable, our demand has to remain at or below our supply, just so we can continue some semblance of the life we expect to enjoy.

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