There is so much beauty and simplicity in this picture and yet so many lessons we can all learn. This might just look like an ordinary palm frond - decorating the beach front, but in reality it is sending a very clear message and even decreeing the local law. The local chief of Pango in Vanuatu had ordered many of these cycads to be placed in and around the water front. It sends a very clear message to the local ni-Vans that no shell fish are allowed to be collected. Why? Well it's simple - if the cycads are out, it means shell fish stocks are running low. So the chief who is responsible for these waters, this land and the local people in this region, says no more fishing for shell fish. Until he decrees that shell fish in the region has been replenished (maybe in a few months time) these cycads will remain, indicating the ban is in place.
While I'm sure there may be flaws in this system how amazing is the wisdom and the simplicity of it? We could all learn so much from the people of the South Pacific and their approach to life and subsistence farming. How about only taking or using what you need from the earth? What about protecting for the generations to come? How about restoring and replenishing when there is lack? What about taking responsibility for the area or region that is in our care and ensuring that long-sustainability is a reality. For people groups, for resource, for plants and animals and everything that lives and breathes on our patch of this beautiful earth.