Why Saving Paradise

I recently read a novel called Saving Paradise that I really enjoyed so I spoke with the Saving Paradiseauthor about why he wrote it and if it had a “bucket list” impact on his life. His passion and commitment to Saving Paradise was both inspirational and bucket list related; it’s definitely worth sharing with you.

Featured writer: Mike Bond

I wrote SAVING PARADISE to help save one of the most beautiful places on earth – Molokai. Unknown to most folks but rated by National Geographic as the world’s sixth most beautiful island, it is, as I say in SAVING PARADISE, “much more beautiful than that.”

With the world’s tallest sea cliffs on one side and the longest coral reef north of Australia on the other, Molokai is a paradise of rain Ilio Point Molokaiforests, mountains, green bush, homeland farms, tawny savannas and near-deserts. There are no stoplights, no buildings higher than a palm tree, few places to shop, one hotel and a couple of restaurants. Residents say simply, “Molokai’s in your DNA,” to explain its seduction, why when you leave you just have to come back.

Four years ago, a group of energy companies decided to take over Molokai for a huge industrial wind project that would have sent power via an undersea high voltage cable through the National Humpback Whale Sanctuary to Honolulu. Although wind projects do not lower greenhouse gases or fossil fuel use, they have enormous negative environmental, social and economic impacts. But they do make billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies for energy companies and investment banks – money our nation has to borrow and can probably never repay.

This project would have destroyed Molokai, and after four years the island’s people have finally defeated it. But we know more dangers await us. That’s what happens when you live in paradise, everyone wants a piece.

The world was once full of paradises, but now they’re running out. Much of where the land meets the seas is now concrete – the formerly beautiful coasts of Spain, Mexico, Bali, Florida and so many other places. “Los Angeles” means “The Angels”, because once there was no more beautiful spot on earth. Even at night our earth glows with a human melanoma.

Dixie Maru Beach MolokaiOur exploding human population will soon put an end to paradise. It will be a world of cities and deserts. So those of us who love the unknown, who love travel to mysterious and exciting places, we too must join the fight to save what’s left of the magical beauty of this earth. We too must take part in saving Paradise.

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33 thoughts on “Why Saving Paradise

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  2. I visited Molokai nearly a year ago: http://fairplay740.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/maui-2012-day-five-molokai/ . I have about 10 posts on my Maui trip on my blog. Not only did the power company want to put windmills on Molokai and export the power all the way to Oahu, I was told they weren’t going to give ANY of the power to Molokai, or at least not for free or a discount. Surprisingly I didn’t take any pictures of the windmills that climb the north part of Maui like something out of Space Odyssey. Here is brief info about that: http://www.mauihawaii.org/maui/windmills-power.htm .

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  3. I’m in the middle of reading it now. Since I live in Hawaii, it hits close to home. I didn’t know, as I’m sure many didn’t, that these wind farms really don’t provide much electricity. Now I’m very glad Molokai residents fought to keep them away. Good for you, Mike, putting this out there.

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  4. watching Planet Earth gives me cabin fever, to know there are so many magnificent places outside of my daily hamster-wheel. thanks for sharing, Lesley and Mike.
    Mike, it’s encouraging to see people who recognize that we don’t own the earth and its pieces of paradise, and strive to protect and be accountable for them.

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  6. I completely understand why the people of Molokai are fight against the wind farm initiative. When I was camping on the Big Island, I went to an area called South Point, there I saw what was basically a wind mill graveyard. Wind mills sound like a good idea, but their maintenance is extremely costly and it’s even more expensive to take them down. So they’re left there with blades missing and rust developing as they become an eyesore to the community. That’s not the paradise people envision when they think of Hawaii…but it’s an unfortunate reality in some parts.

    Thanks for sharing this book and the author’s words! I will definitely have to add Molokai to my travel list. 🙂

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  8. I totally understand. I’m from the Dominican Republic, and throughout the years, several foreign companies have taken ‘their part’ of this island. It is amazing how economy threatens our landscapes and even protected habitats, instead of taking a positive advantage of them as touristic resources. Citizens have organized pacific protests in some cases. You can google ‘Música por los haitises’ (against the construction of a cement manufacturer in the National Park Los Haitises), ‘Voces amarillas’ (a concert aiming for the approval of the constitution’s supposed 4% of the GDP for education in the country), and many protest against the gold mining company Barrick Gold (this is how nearby rivers look like http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nHwuUg8GZUQ/SzysdggNfnI/AAAAAAAABRk/4K1CawJNoU4/s1600/17045_101266916570120_100000604372614_30349_5214917_n.jpg

    It is a very sad situation, considering that the Dominican Republic is such a beautiful and peaceful island. You say that ‘Our exploding human population will soon put an end to paradise’, and I couldn’t agree more. We must always protect our home.

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  9. We must also fight to control population growth. We must find ways to sustain prosperity for those who are here without feeling that we need more and more people to do it. Every ecological problem we face is made worse by scale. No technology is sustainable if it done on too large a scale. Any technology is sustainable if it can be reduced to a small enough scale.

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  10. Molokai is definitely on my bucket list of places as well, and I’m definitely in agreement that we should be wise and judicious about where we deploy alternative energy solution infrastructure.

    But from what I’ve read in climate science circles, wind has been subjected to a giant disinformation campaign from climate denial sources. It’s well suited to pairing with solar (on days when the weather is bad it tends to be windy, and on calm days it tends to be sunny).

    It should be placed where it doesn’t ruin vistas and bird habitats, but I think it’s carbon reduction potential is pretty well scientifically grounded. It’s certainly better than tar sands and coal.

    But yes thanks for helping spread the word about how important saving the precious few pristine places we have left is.

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  11. Would love to read that book, thnx for the heads-up! Unfortunately the scourge of globalization – with all its attendant erosion and trash – has hit places close to heart & home (in my case, Bali).

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  12. The balance between developing our urban centers and maintaining nature is difficult without a grassroots movement that comes from all of us, or a top down, government program. I’d be curious to see how much coastland is protected by the state and federal government.
    I for one, believe it’s better to sacrifice some business in order to retain nature. Once we commercially develop those natural habitats, they are gone, and it would be hard to turn back the clock.

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