Easter Island: a terrible warning

The people of Easter Island crossed the ocean just to create a peaceful and prosperous 1000-year civilization. Unfortunately, their culture collapsed into war and mass starvation, so it is really important we learn from that lesson, in order not to commit the same mistake.

In fact, the Easter Island story provides a model for disaster: the parallel between the ecological disaster between its place, located in the Pacific and what is happening now on our planet is basically too far from comfort.

Located in the South Pacific, 3,765 kilometers west of South Africa and 2,253 kilometers south-west of the nearest island, Eastern Island is famous for its Stone Age culture, even if now it is became a 166-square-kilometre museum to the civilization it was known for.

All the enormous stone statues, many of them standing on massive stone platforms are just simple objects, since the people who produced them has now nearly died out. What a pity for such an amazing patrimony!

Unfortunately we don’t know that much about this civilization, and researchers truly believe that the first colonists arrived during the first centuries AD, developing the stones probably during the 7th century.

Arrived on the island by canoe, these people developed a very balanced ecosystem, building, for example, simple types of platforms with small statues either on or in front of them.

The golden age of these islanders was the period between the 1000 and 1500 AD, which was definitely more prosperous: the people did care a lot about energy and built bigger and bigger ceremonial platforms and large statues.

It was during the so-called third period that the society started to collapse, since there weren’t so many trees left. Without a small number of trees, it was basically impossible to move the statues, and deforestation caused a massive soil erosion, which damaged the island’s potential for growing cops.

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