there are many reasons to save the planet, to be an activist. One of those reasons is Archaeology. Another is Medicine.
I will look at both today and share a story about something that happened to me that has to do with Archaeology.
So, what is archaeology? it is the study of the human past, long dead people cultures. Why do we study it? An innate curiosity inside of us to know what we are really capable of.
In urban and suburban development lots of possible finds are destroyed, acid rain melts others, earthquakes from human sources tsunamis to, exposure to air or to water can damage some. we cause so much damage intentionally, take the destruction of the museums in syria for example, and even more unintentionally.
Okay now that we know what archaeology is and what it is about, and why we do it, and whats threatening it, lets study medicine.
We all know what medicine is and why we do it, trying to help out ourselves and our pets, why should we save the planet simply for medicine?
Because most medicine is derived from natural sources such as the Amazon which by the way is being chopped down according to one source at a rate of 50 acres per minute, another says 120 football fields per minute and one says only 1 acre per minute.
As we destroy the rain forests we kill off the shamans, medicine people and healers, we destroy some of the only people who know how to use the plants, and know which one to use.
A few months ago I was going down the brook near my house with my sisters, in hope that we would find something like we had the day before, when we had found a Keystone fireworks card that I have to this day. We found something a bit more interesting, I found a totally rusted horseshoe, so rusted that I thought it was a rock at first. I have had it in a vinegar the entire time until today when I took it out and it was easily recognizable as a horseshoe, barely had any rust on it at all.
Do we want the children of the next generation to never be ever to find anything, be Archaeologists, Or scientists studying the native peoples incredibly complex compounds?
I Do. How about you?