I don't think you are off base at all. We humans try to green the desert because we can not because we should.
Leah Sattler wrote:
I have always had a bit of difficulty with this sort of thing in my mind. technology might very well be able to convert the desert into agricultural land or habitat more suitable for humans..but should we? the desert has its very own ecosystem and houses its own unique plethora of plant and animal life. who are we to dictate that these things don't have value and should be converted?
This is an interesting question. I (and I would think most permaculturists) value diversity, productivity, and sustainability. These values lead to qualities of soil, climate, geography, human/animal habitat, and society which most of us welcome. Having these values would also, it seems to me, lead to the avoidance and reversal of desertification as an unwanted process resulting from the failure of conventional agricultural practices.
Because deserts now exist does not mean that they should exist let alone be honored, protected, and glorified. They may be self supporting ecosystems, but so are toxic waste dumps in that sense.
I suspect that underneath this whole question is the issue of cultural relativism vs. universal values, which seems at the core of so much these days.
the sahara desert started forming millions of years ago.
They brought in mulch to get started with, but can they now sustain the system without bringing in more mulch material? Is anyone reading this producing all of their own mulch?
I recently found out that you can link directly to a specific time in a YouTube video. All you have to do is add a #t= anchor to the end of the URL that indicates the time position in minutes and seconds. Here's an example that links to the video for Cage the Elephant's "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked:"
The #t=00m08s anchor causes the video to begin playing zero minutes and eight seconds after the beginning. There's also a way to accomplish the same thing when embedding a video. Add a start parameter to the video's embedded URL in both the embed and param tags. The value of start should be the number of seconds to skip before playback.