Connectivity, June 1998

American Flatbread ­ Flatbread Kitchen
The second weekend of June, 1998
Tonight’s menu and baking are dedicated to


As I observe the ebb and flow of my own life I see connections everywhere: my car was made a thousand miles from here, my food is trucked across the continent and floated across the sea, my conversations are transmitted across town and across the world, my blanket , my clothes, my pencil and paper, almost everything I depend on has come from someplace else. In the spring I travel south to thaw my bones and soul from these cold winters, I visit family and friends 200 miles away, I am connected to the world and the world to me.

There are no islands now, there never ever really were.

It is the same for many other large animals. Their lives and wellbeing depend on access to diverse and separated habitats. It was once thought that our parks and forests would provide the necessary resources for these animals. The new science of conservation biology has shown that our parklands are simply too small to maintain healthy populations of the larger far-roaming animals. Even our largest park-forest complex ­ Yellowstone – at 10 million acres is not large enough. The solution is to secure protected corridors through which these animals can safely pass from one habitat to another. These corridors are their connections to life sustaining resources.

And why bother? Large animals play an important role in the ecology of landscapes. Their presence and activities create opportunities for many other species. These large animals add greatly to the diversity of life. In life’s diversity lies its strength and is an important key to our own wellbeing. Thanks for coming tonight.

Love, George

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