If you believe in God, then maybe it was god speaking to me as I woke up this morning with these thoughts in my head. If you do not, then it’s my brain assembling the teachings from recent TED Talks in my head. For you maybes out there, does it matter which is true?
Things in my Head
Our first human instinct is survival. We learn to adapt and persevere in the most desperate of situations. Three young women in Cleveland, held hostage, near the place they call home, eventually found help to get rescued.
Yet we also hear news about suicides over something as trite as teasing on Facebook. It does not involve physical assaults, and some of these people do have people around them who love them. How can someone be treated so poorly, that they lose all hope for a better life?
If our instinct to survive is so basic as human nature, how can we continue a lifestyle that threatens and exterminates the worlds biodiversity? It feels morally wrong to cause, intentionally or by accident, a species to cease to exist on this world.
Nature Knows Best- A recent TED Talk I listened to uses sound recordings to show human impact on wild nature. You can imagine the devastating results. We need to approach our choices and practices with scientific analysis. And the scientists are learning how each our actions affects nature and its biodiversity. Another TED Talk describes how the imbalance when a predictor is removed from an ecosystem, such as reduced whale populations in the southern oceans, actually breaks the circle of life and kills off smaller species of that system. Google images of the “plastic gyre” and you’ll see the island of plastic packaging and containers floating in the ocean.
It’s not just plants and animals that are suffering. The impact on our water sources, the loss of pollinating bees in agricultural locations, the loss of our protective ozone layer, it affects our Health, our Food Production, and our Bottom Line (dollars).
There are things we can do to help. No matter your education level or economic status, we all can improve. We all can learn and support the science to a better understanding.
You can do as little as planting flowers in your garden, or buy some organic foods, encourage others to reduce and recycle waste, TEACH children/adults about nature and our effects on nature, stop spraying chemical indoors kills those spiders with a shoe or paper towel, enjoy nature as it has been shown to have a restoring effect on us. Whether you make little changes in your daily life, or you go back to school to become a Humane Educator, we all have the power to help the world and everything living on it.