New Zealand will be the Noah’s Ark for the future Earth whether we fund it or not. It would be far better in the long run if there was a major effort to stock that remote location with as many varieties of living things as possible before the coming Doomsday events destroy the rest of our planet.
New Zealand is the best place for the new Earth Ark because it is located far away from where the disaster will strike most heavily. It has few targets for H-bombs and what few possible targets there are, if hit, will have their radioactive fallout drift immediately away from the islands. The islands are as remotely located from all other targets as it is possible to be. A wonderful advantage which New Zealand possess for the needs of an Earth Ark is its great variety of climate zones going all the way from sub-tropical to arctic with substantial areas representing almost everything in between. Areas that are very dry might be better preserved by southern South America.
The ecological movement known as rewilding has as its goal to remake various regions of Earth back into the way it was one hundred thousand years ago before humans began destroying species and their habitats. That is an admirable goal but there are some 6.7 billion humans living today every one of which will say that their self interest comes first. That sentiment is usually couched in the apparently morally defensible statement of their right to personal survival and the survival of their children. That would make sense if there were 6.7 millions of us rather than billions, but with a thousand times too many people already here there is a stress upon the rest of the inhabitants of this earth which is wiping them out. So what seems to be a moral statement about personal survival leads in the aggregate to a disaster for everyone including the possessors of that sentiment. Furthermore, this worldwide habitat destruction is presently happening without major military conflict between humans. The relatively peaceful current condition is certainly temporary, and when a real human conflict happens it will be the innocent wild things which will suffer the most grievously because they are the most exposed to the deadly hazards of fallout, and nuclear winter, and they will have no place to retreat to from their exposure.
There is a fine article in WIRED magazine 16.10 page 128 about the rewilding of the Lake Pape region in Lithuania. They have the hope that this rewilding movement will spread and there will be many rewilded places and pristine habitats throughout the world, including New Zealand no doubt. It would be wonderful if some zones there in New Zealand could be rewilded with their native species. The longer term problem is that humans are on a trajectory which will certainly lead to a major war in the not distant future. When that war happens all of the current rewilding efforts will be destroyed. The chart below is from Probaway 2008 April 29, where there was an attempt to plot energy released to frequency of that occurrence here on Earth.
When will a major war occur? Who can know? I can not say when it will happen, but it is like an earthquake in an active fault zone where the event is inevitable, but unpredictable. However, with the world’s 30,000 H-bombs and missiles ready to detonate, a hundred years before a major conflict seems rather optimistic. In the chart above comparing the location of term “Current arsenal” to the “100 Years line” and that level of energy released disaster scale, it appears that the disaster is going to be as bad as the Chicxulub asteroid impact which destroyed half the life on Earth 65 million years ago, and without the help of radioactivity or bio weapons. It gives one a twinge of remorse for the other innocent inhabitants of this planet and even the humans responsible. The creators and distributors of these weapons were descent, honest, thoughtful people too—I knew many of them.
The hope for the future on planet Earth with a large variety of species is a Lifehaven or better yet an Earthhaven, or perhaps better named an Earth Ark in New Zealand. New Zealand is a special case because it is the best location for a foundation for repopulating the rest of the Earth after humans have destroyed it, and most everything upon it. In this case the goal is not just the rewilding of the local native habitat but the saving, repopulating and rewilding of the entire planet. The Lifehaven Project, discussed many times at this blog site, was a strategy to save in a very concentrated form the essence of those things which make modern humanity possible, and was confined to remote island sanctuaries. That strategy was based on a Probaway Disaster level of DISS~11 or worse, but the Earth Ark strategy is for about DISS~10. This Earth Ark project is more ambitious and more expensive because it hopes to convert the entire country of New Zealand into a giant lifeboat, an Earth Ark, for humanity. This will be somewhat of an imposition on the people of that country, but it will make their homeland a far more interesting place to live than it already is because of the vast variety of things that would be living there. The outside world would have to support the expense of maintaining this huge open zoo park, but in the not distant future the surviving world would consider it to be the most important thing humanity ever chose to do.
Doomsday is already upon us;
We humans haven’t gotten to the nasty bits, just yet.