No Dollar Value on the Black Lands

I saw this post on about a pitch by the Cameroonian government to lease some of the pristine rain forest (NgoylaMintom) of that country to the highest bidder, whether conservationists or loggers. No one has yet taken up this seven-year-old offer, and the mentality is to encourage some wealthy Western conservationist to rent the forest before it’s too late and the loggers come through.

My view is that there should be no leasing of such precious lands in the first place. Why must the concept of property and title infect everything and every society? It is a toxic and vomitacious mentality, to sell everything of value to whomever in the world can pay. A serious Afrikan government wouldn’t even think to sell such precious forests to any international bidder. The fleecing of Afrika must stop somewhere. Our deepest natural heritage is our tropical rain forest, whose herbal and medicinal secrets, sanctity, animal habitat, and limitless beauty should bear no price tag, and shouldn’t even suggest to some men the idea of selling it.

Profit motive must die. Capitalism must die. Private property must die. Individualism and greed must die. The idea of selling out the habitats of the planet must die.

I don’t want to see the NgoylaMintom rain forest sold to anybody, conservationists or loggers, poachers or game haciendas. The NgoylaMintom rain forest belongs to all living beings, and all Afrikans. The trees and animals and flora and fauna have a dignity all their own that we as humans must be able to respect. The natural gifts of the rain forest, in herbs, fruits, medicinal botanicals, and so on, should be explored and received delicately and with immense gratitude.

As much as Afrika’s tropical rain forest ecosystems have been reduced and decimated over the past several decades, can’t we as Afrikans now finally see the fruit of such destructiveness and haphazard, unscrupulous sale of our own natural heritage to the looters of the world?

NgoylaMintom, and all the other great tropical forests, mangroves, and other natural areas of the Congo-Basin and West Afrika, should be allowed their full dignity and spared from the capitalism and rapacity of men who would put up such land for sale, irrespective of the cost to land and the environment, indeed the entire global ecosystem of all Earthbound things.

NgoylaMintom doesn’t need to be signed off to some white liberal conservationist from Liverpool or Berkeley. And she mustn’t be signed off to some logger from Calgary. She must simply be left in peace, her beauty and bounty to be shared modestly and graciously with human beings on her own terms.

Long live NgoylaMintom and all unspoiled natural places all over our precious planet!!

4 responses to “No Dollar Value on the Black Lands

  1. [hefty applause] Where have you been all of my life?! lol. As one man once said on Lauryn Hill’s Mis-education album, “You should be put on a blow horn and sent through the streets…”
    We’re so caught up in our own demise that we don’t even take the time to open our eyes to realize we’re raping our own Mother, the earth, blind. We just keep on fcuking Mother Nature…keep on fcuking with her and she’s send our asses back to where we came from. We keep fighting against the land and soon the land’ll fight back. A spoiled child barely knows a Mother’s impact…

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  3. Andrew Piotrowski

    ok, you say that the all this private property and capitalism and individualism and greed must die, but if you haven’t noticed, it won’t be doing so anytime soon. It won’t die and if while idealists like yourself continue to talk about a day in which we don’t sell the land to anybody and just “let it be” (thanks to John and Paul for that one), we’re gonna all wake up and realize that these lands have just been taken over by loggers, hunters, and people who are going to “rape” the land. Why shouldn’t we have a coalition of like-minded students like myself preserve this land by pooling our money together in a fund to save some wildlife and be a part of preservationism? I’ve been looking all over the internet trying to find a fund for this land since reading an article about it in The Economist, but to no avail. The damn WWF hasn’t set anything up yet either, although I see the folks on facebook are trying (which is a good start, but we need some action guys!). So lets not sit idly by and talk about the ideal utopian society where these lands are left alone by the government for preservation’s sake. Hell it’d be a lot easier if Cameroon’s govt. wasn’t money hungry and would rather say no to anyone who wanted to stake a claim in this land, but that’s simply not the case. So why not do something while ya still can?

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