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["Homo sapiens itself is the consummate weed." the discussion of whether or not humans are the ultimate invasive species is moot - at best an academic discussion - with little or no effect on the discourse on those invasive species that are having both ecological and economic impacts on those resources to which we have attributed value.]
How is this moot? I'm surprised no one else brought this up, but we should ask the Native Americans what they think about invasive species. The first group of Homo sapiens were doing just fine here, creating and actively managing the ecosystem until a different, paler, "special" group of Homo sapiens with guns, germs and ammo came along and started doing things their way, decimating the original group and ecology. Now other species like quagga mussel and yellow star thistle are threatening the lifestyles of the special group, so they're bad and need to be eradicated, with a vengeance.
Personally, I find the invasive species campaign to be disturbing and hypocritical, especially since its featured so prevalently on OPB.
I'm not saying we should all pick up and move back to California, or Ohio or Kentucky, we're here, now. But maybe this issue of invasive species can open our collective eyes to the effects of our existence and lead to a much needed questioning of what we really value, our economic system in general. Perhaps we should start thinking about giving land back to Native Americans or at least adopt their land ethic. We could start with the restoration of Celilo Falls.
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