It’s a rugged way to end up – from being loved to bits to being forgotten and dumped along with the week’s other trash. Let’s hope some teddy lover got to him/her before the rubbish truck…
Questions, questions: Does Auckland still deserve the brash if not downright shameless moniker of ‘Supercity’? Did marketers create it to mask the equally galling privatisation of local democracy? And one last one: how can those same brand merchants continue to call Auckland the ‘City of Sails’ when the Brains Trust at Auckland’s Development agency Panuku, promotes a proposal extending the once beloved (and now almost off-limits) Queens Wharf…?
Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050 according to the United Nations. Projections show that urbanisation, the gradual shift in residence of the human population from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90% of this increase taking place in Asia and Africa, according to a new United Nations data set.
So much, so ho hum? Not quite, certainly not for environmentalists who believe that the inexorable movement to cities will dim, if not eliminate our knowledge and appreciation of Nature’s rhythms and cycles of life. For the most eloquent evocation of what we may be in danger of losing, read Michael McCarthy’s The Moth Snowstorm – Nature and Joy.