The stupid things we do with the best of intentions
Cara Delevingne has renovated her LA home several times in the four years she owns it. What would a rich woman do with her time?
NOTICE: Considering what some call interior design, I’ve always had my doubts about what we do intentionally with the environment, which is just as likely to be horrible.
If you doubt me, take a look at the top model / celebrity Cara Delevingne’s home in Los Angeles, which we called a Willie Wonka Sex Factory.
The shocking pink feathers in the narrow door of the ladies’ rooms tunnel are just one of her personal decorative must-haves. She has owned the place for four years and has already renovated it several times. What would a rich woman do with her time?
Don’t get me started on pointless ways to show off the rich, although I’m happy to laugh at their bad taste. It leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouths at a time of international chaos with Covid, job losses, most basic homes unaffordable, rampant homelessness and a crowded planet.
* Have rents in Wellington stagnated or just “gone up as high” as possible?
* Carbon producers bought swathes of New Zealand promising to create native forests – but researchers doubt it will work
* Pines are not the answer to carbon mitigation
We’ve been told – a genius theory – how wealth gets to all of us, even if the rich don’t pay their share of taxes. That’s certainly the case in this case, for the lucky person who dyed those fluffy feathers for a dollar a week in a sweat factory.
The house is at least a deliberate exercise in shameless bad taste. What worries me the most, and makes me laugh less, are the nonsense that we do with the purest intentions.
Maria Island is an expensive resort off the coast of Tasmania. No one other than the rangers can live there; it’s just a national park with a tourist hotel.
The Tasmanian Devil is a mean beast with vicious teeth and a mean little face. Some form of facial cancer wiped them out, so someone had the brilliant idea of move around 25 healthy people to the island, which is so far home to 3,000 breeding penguins.
It was before human intervention. The devils ate everything and now number 100. After sorting out the penguins, they started on the shearwaters. Then they will leave, and I fear for the kind wombats who live there. Wait for the devils to notice the tourists. This will make personal videos of choice.
It seems that some environmentalists have lofty goals for the devils, forgetting why they have their unappealing names and very nasty teeth. Nature knew better than to place them on Maria Island, but humans did.
And we know what happened in this country when humans had brilliant ideas. We polluted the waterways and started sending our drinking water to China.
Am I exaggerating? Not a lot.
Travel through this country and you will see pine trees everywhere, whether they are wild or in plantations for harvest. They are like weeds in some places. The creator of the universe, let’s call him nature, did not bring pine trees into this land, and there had to be a reason for that.
I now wonder about a carbon farming company that has bought or leased 89,000 hectares of land, planted it in pine trees and said it will all go to the native trees, which will eventually take over. It sounds good.
But Adam Forbes stepped down from his position as a company advisor in 2019, and his doctoral subject investigated the feasibility of using pinus radiata to mimic the environment of a native forest that hosts it. He says he’s not convinced regeneration will work in the range of climates involved in the different blocks here, and wonders how wild animals like deer and goats will be treated in blocks of 10,000 hectares or more. .
Hopefully everything will work out, because these things don’t work that often. I think of the oxalis in my garden, which is considered pretty in Europe and which, once introduced here, has become an endemic and inextirpable pest.