What do Mining and Gardening Have in Common?
Even the most diverse projects in different parts of the world tend to share some communalities in terms of context. And sometimes, recognizing these can be very sobering. Two recent assignments in the lawn and garden sector in North America (
Contributing to a corporate responsibility report in the lawn/garden sector (see Prizma Supported ScottsMiracle-Gro with 2011 Corporate Responsibility Reporting) made me – literally – take a moment and smell the roses. It made me also consider my purchasing choices as a consumer and the impacts of urban sprawl. I also noted the many activities and the supply chain involved in providing me with a bag of fertilizer and growing media. After all, I don’t want to embarrass the Joneses next door who have such a nice yard...!
One thing which caught my eye during my research was this
The same issue was on my mind when, in an effort to understand concerns being raised by advocacy NGOs about the scale and significance of impact of a mining company on biodiversity and glaciers (see here and here), I came across some sobering findings. These were presented in the the Kyrgyz Republic's 2nd National Communication to United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (or UN FCCC for short).
As many of you will know, Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country located in Central Asia - and the origin/source of freshwater for some of its neighbouring countries that continue to suffer from wastage related to Soviet-era agricultural approaches and dilapidated water infrastructure.
One of the maps in Kyrgyzstan's study shows the predicted state of glaciation in 2025 compared to a glacier catalogue developed in the 1960s . In this map (copied below), extinct glaciers are marked with red and extant (remaining) glaciers are marked with dark blue. It seems to me that you don't have to be Al Gore to see what's going on here. This UN submission also notes that for the Kyrgyz “Republic as a whole, the reduction of glaciation area from 64 percent up to 95 percent from year 2000 till year 2100 is predicted, depending on the accepted variant of climatic scenario.”
Perhaps time to go and smell the roses or, better still, time to wake up and smell the coffee….