From the [currently unpublished book -- seeking publishers, please contact us!] A Thousand and One Appalachian Tales by Düg Fresh:
The International Peace Trail Project envisions a global infrastructure which links together much of Earth's highest terrain and wilderness areas into a massive World Wide Parks and Trails System. The main corridor of this system would be The International Peace Trail.
The reason why the Trail is so important is that it is far more than just a trail! Through the creation of the International Peace Trail Alliance can be found a path to a solution of the seven major problems plaguing the world today: hunger, disease, poverty, pollution, extinction, war and lack of education (ignorance.)
Only everyone working together can build such a Trail. But in building such a trail, far more than solutions to preserving wilderness areas and restoring endangered habitats can be found! Through the synergy of cooperation necessary to build the Trail and forge the will necessary to keep it, can be found solutions to all these problems and more!
For example, global climate changes are clearly linked to the destruction of biomass. Biomass is the total mass of living matter within a given unit of environmental area. Believe it or not, biomass is part of our rich heritage. It acts as a whole, like a thermostat, to reduce greenhouse gases, absorb carbon and stabilize the climate into temperate zones supremely suited to life. As we destroy it, we destroy life; as we destroy life, we destroy our home, our heritage and our rich and promising future.
As biomass is restored climate will once again begin to stabilize within a region ideally suited for capturing and distributing the life-sustaining, life-creating properties of the sun. As life flourishes mankind will once again be rewarded by the incredible abundance of solar energy distributed by the rich biomass of the planet. As this synergistically produces increased biomass, poverty and hunger will gradually diminish. Also, as many diseases escape the confines of rain forests by excessive logging, a rich biomass will help to isolate and limit the spread of these diseases.
The spread and ravaging effects of disease can also be further reduced by implementing a system of sanitation as proposed by the United Nations. More than 2 million people, mostly children, die every year from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and clean drinking water.
As anyone involved with these issues can tell you, solving the problem of disease is vital to solving the problem of poverty. So by providing adequate clean water and sanitation, the incidence of infant mortality due to disease and poor sanitation could drop as much as 75% according to a UN Study . Again, only by conservation and restoration projects will this be possible.
For example, one of nature’s greatest treasures is the aquifer. Aquifers are vital to providing clean water. Believe it or not, many aquifers are being encroached upon and destroyed by rampant development. The aquifer in the Albany Pine Bush, now a landfill for hazardous waste, provides distressing evidence of this in alarming detail. Furthermore, as these resources are lost, only more poverty will grow. It is only by preserving and restoring these areas, by protecting these resources, that we can reduce infant mortality rates due to poor sanitation and dirty drinking water. As infant mortality rates drop, poverty will further diminish, as will issues related to poverty such as hunger and starvation, crime, war, and the untold suffering and consequences of war.
World Peace comes from conservation of wetlands, preservation of aquifers, and the protection of natural habitats. Peace, like life, is synergistic. If you want to fight poverty, you must fight against the causes of poverty as well as its effects. Destroying wetlands impoverishes us all. Rolling over Aquifers in the name of urban sprawl only increases global poverty and disease. Strip mining and scorched-earth logging not only increases everyone’s risk of disease, these practices contribute to produce global climate change . Thus, protecting Earth’s diminishing wilderness areas and natural habitats will go a long way toward restoring the biomass which will stabilize the environment and prevent climate change.
The International Peace Trail Project envisions a World Wide Parks and Trails System which will protect, preserve and restore these natural resources and wilderness areas. Such a self-governing system will synergistically preserve the diversity of plant and animal life from further encroachment and extinction as well as limit the spread of disease, while protecting and empowering the indigenous tribes and keeping them from poverty. By solving the issues of disease and hunger while providing education and sustainable growth, poverty will be diminished whereby further peace will grow and the whole effect will become self-perpetuating and self-sustaining.
For more information, including a brief trail description, please visit www.peacetrail.com