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Conserving the Territory : six stories for publication, prepared for N.T. Conservation Commission



Conserving the Territory : six stories for publication, prepared for N.T. Conservation Commission

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by Wendy Kirke


Kirke, Wendy


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Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory; Administrative agencies -- Australia

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t. 2. EACH SPECIES COUNTS. CONT. We could well be asked why we spend time and money on saving a single species when all that research money could be going to needy humans and the starving masses. We would still all be living naked in caves or trees if prehistoric man had not been able to use his ingenuity to adapt natural resources in the form of individual animals and plants to meet his needs. The opportunity to continue this process is still with us. ----. -~----...- -. ------ - . --------------. Sometimes we are surprised at the personal urgency that we sense within us telling us that each species does matter and we do have a very real responsibility to account for the use and treatment of all our natural resources. Another little voice tells us that we just do not and cannot know what the future holds, or what discoveries are about to be made. In the past ten years or so, a large percentage of all the so-called 'miracle' drugs have been produced from plants not previously utilised in the medical field. Researchers tell us that regardless of the success of family planning, the world's population will in~rease from four billion to m9re than six billion within the next twenty years. To support such numbers we need all the natural resources_ available, and we need to ensure that they continue being available for the use of future generations. In this country, we.now rely very heavily on cattle,