Alice strolled alongside the river, mostly walking on the thick grass, sometimes going down to a small sandy beach, other times climbing over a fallen tree, or walking around a rock.
Would they have to count the fish in the river to determine how many they could fish? But did an excess of fish ever happen? Didn’t nature take care to keep a balance? But if the human is part of the ecosystem, then catching some fish might be part of maintaining the balance?
Alice stopped and watched a group of brown ducks, waddling along the opposite riverbank until the bank was nearly level with the water. There the ducks slid into the river.
Would the ducks mind some birdwatchers? Or photographers? Or playing children?
Alice walked on.
The river was broad enough for three small ferries, passing each other.
Yes, the river could be used to transport goods and people. It just had to be done without polluting the water, and without affecting the wildlife.
book 2, travelling
Focus: Rivers, boats, wildlife
Rivermouth is a town to explore how to coexist with a river, and how to benefit from the river without harming the ecosystem.
Crafting boats, learning from the past and for the future will be another main feature, and there will be boat races and boat parties.
There is likely to be a degree of hunting and fishing, but not for sport unless there is a need to reduce the population of an animal species.
Weapons for hunting might play a role too, but my guess is that bows and spears would be given the preference over firearms.
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