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Published:January 20th, 2010 15:23 EST
The Arctic Seed Vault Preservation of the Future

The Arctic Seed Vault Preservation of the Future

By Sean Beelzebul

In Longyearbyen, Norway a large vault of vital seeds for plant life and vegetation has been created. This Arctic seed vault has been dubbed the Doomsday vault ". The vault is subterranean and at its highest point is 130 meters above sea level. The vault is 120 meters long and due to the freezing Arctic weather needs little maintenance to preserve the millions of seeds which have already been stored. The soothsayers and 2012 doomsday purveyors have dubbed this the doomsday vault as it could apparently feed and help nourish a post-apocalyptic earth.

Although, the issue has brought attention to doomsday speculators, the real issue is environmental conservation. The significant public interest in the seed vault project indicates that collectively we are changing the way we think about environmental conservation. We now understand that along with international movements to save endangered species and the rainforests of the world, it is just as important for us to conserve the diversity of the world`s crops for future generations, " Wangari Maathai, the founder of the African Green Belt movement and Nobel Prize Laureate said. Maathai delivered the first box of seeds to the vault.

The Arctic seed vault in progressive Scandinavia is a good step towards preventing catastrophe in the generations that come. Doomsday speculators might be thinking this is more proof that the end of the world is arriving soon. However, what this really is, is a slowly awakening world. More and more people are becoming aware to the deteriorating nature of our planet. I seriously doubt that this arctic vault adds proof to the idea that the world will end in 2012. In fact, I believe this advancement in environmental awareness to be a step in the direction of preventing doomsday. The world needs environmental conservation not fear and suspicion.