Micronesia: Island Wilderness
FRIENDS of the EARTH SAN
FRANCISCO, NEW YORK, LONDON, PARIS
by Kenneth Brower
photographs and an introduction
R. Brower and
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A CONTINUUM BOOK /
THE SEABURY PRESS
from the foreword . . .
. . .One omen lies in
a remark now well known to all literate micronesians. When their
need to own their own land was being urged by then Secretary
of the Interior Walter Hickel, Henry Kissinger replied: "There
are only 90,000 people out there. Who gives a damn?"
There are now 110,000 Micronesians
who do, and we hope there will be millions of other people elsewhere.
It is hard to tell from someone else's book just what Dr. Kissinger
had in mind. Perhaps he alluded to the attitude shared by generals
and admirals that the islands are strategic and the people aren't.
Certainly no one who remembers the changing of the island guard
in World War II will deny how strategic some of those islands
were in the battle era, so technologically long ago.
Just as certainly, there are now
better games that may here be played, and more Thoreauvian, hopeful
attitudes to be brought to bear. One of the most hopeful is that
there be a revised strategy for preserving what makes life possible
on a small planet. The national-park idea is one of strategy,
and Friends of the Earth has proposed in several earlier books
in this series that the idea evolve to include people who have
lived long in the equilibrium with the earth, who have treated
it as if it were all an Earth National Park. . . .
R. Brower President,
Friends of the Earth International
May 9, 1975