Monthly Archives: April 2010

China’s Quake: Avoiding the Political Aftershocks

TIME Magazine, 9 April 2010

On the high plains of Qinghai province … a massive earthquake killed hundreds.

The provincial government asked Foggin, whose NGO has operated in Yushu for nearly a decade and opened 11 village clinics in the area, to send help from Xining as quickly as possible. His organization has organized a website for donations (http://yushuearthquakerelief.com) and is dispatching teams to the disaster zone. “Basic supplies are in need, accommodation is in need, and of course there’s the medical situation,” he says. On Thursday afternoon Plateau Perspectives sent five people, including two doctors, overland to Yushu from Xining. With luck, they will make it by morning.

Marc Foggin [is] chief representative of Plateau Perspectives, an NGO in Qinghai’s provincial capital Xining that focuses on sustainable development in China’s mountainous west.

科嘎哇畜牧專業合作社簡介

科嘎哇畜牧專業合作社成立于 2010年4月1日,地處素有“長江之源、百川之祖、牦牛之地、一江九河十大灘”之稱的玉樹藏族自治州治多縣境內,平均海拔4600米左右。治多縣草地畜牧業的發展歷史源遠流長,古為原始牦牛產地之一。據有關記載,早至4千多年以前,活動在長江源頭的人類就經營著簡單的畜牧業,成為世界上古老的游牧民族之一。

因草原退化、全球經濟一體化等等不斷影響著當地牧民的生活,當地牧民對現代生活追求的渴望與現有生活的條件形成巨大的落差,這不僅僅是一種變化,而是對一個時代中的民族和環境,產生前所未有的危機。

所以本社以謀求牧民的利益,但并不是純粹的經濟效益為主導,而是讓牧民互相支持,共同解決當前面對的困境,也配合現代科學技術與教育,以平衡牧民及生態移民的經濟需求。更希望恢復及傳承游牧民族的活根文化,提高生態自信和文化自信。讓牧業成為具有精神文化的一種專業,一種追求·····