“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” ― Chief Seattle
“May I Come In?”
The elephant is a gentle giant. They are the largest living terrestrial animals. Male African elephants can reach a height of 13 ft and weigh 15,000 pounds. The elephant’s large ears flap to control the temperature of its body. They live in a fission-fusion society, where multiple family groups come together to commune and socialize. Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild and they communicate by touch, sight, and sound. Elephants socialize over long distances, with the use of seismic impulses of the stampede. They appear to have self-awareness and display empathy for dying or dead mammals of their kind. They care for their own, keep to themselves, and live in peace.
Notwithstanding the niceties of the elephant, most of us would not want to have one in our living rooms. Bringing one of these gentle giants into our homes would quickly become a problem of immeasurable proportion. But imagine now that the elephant is the environment, and because of environmental degradation and climate change, the environment is the elephant in the living room. Unfortunately, we are now stuck with our unwanted guest. We have no control over the its behavior and it does as it pleases. The environment is the issue of our time.
Climate Change Leads to the Destruction of the World
World leaders, and most earthly inhabitants, are complacent about the health of the environment; ostensibly because economic growth is more important. The environment is not stuck with us. We, however, are stuck with the it! Because of this fact, we must ask important questions, such as: “How are we going to change it?” It’s apparent that doing nothing is no longer an option.
The state of the environment is stirring up quite a storm in our living room (earth) of unfathomable proportions! Extreme weather and the destruction that follows has already cost many lives; $60 billion has been spent on clean-up for Hurricane Sandy alone.
Though slow to take action, the U. S. Government is now addressing the issue of climate change, while scientists working for the industrial complex can no longer refute the impact human activities have upon the earth. Earth’s natural cycles – periods of hot to cold and back again – are the primary cause of global warming. In the past, we were blessed to be living in a time when weather patterns were stable. However, that’s no longer the case.
What Can We Do?
Currently, 7 billion people inhabitant earth, and that number is rapidly climbing towards 10 billion; it is clear we have reached a tipping point. Collectively, the best that we can do is implement climate change legislation and create business practices that are driven by sustainability. Unfortunately, these actions, even if implemented immediately, will never be enough to save the planet. It’s frivolous for us to think that we can save the earth from her own natural activities. However, we can make a difference in our own lives by adopting practices and cultivating a consciousness around our relationship with the environment.
If we can’t save the planet, then what can we save?
By becoming friends with the elephant, which has taken up residence in our living room, we may save ourselves. The magnificence that resides within each of us also resides in the environment. The forces of nature are to be respected, and the beauty and brilliance are to be honored and cherished. By ending the separation from the environment, we, as a society, together with the elephant, may now live in peace with each other. How have you created a relationship with the environment?
Earth Mantra: I honor the environment. By honoring it, I am honoring myself.
Yes, No, Neither:
Yes: Of the ten million or so species on the planet only one is threatening the well being of the rest, Humankind. The massive human imprint on the planet is clearly unsustainable. While it may not appear evident, humanity as we know it is endangered. Whether it be climate change and the destructive effect of extreme weather, insidious diseases or even things unseen, humanity has a major problem. Radical change should be implemented to avoid such catastrophe.
No: Climate Change, over population and degradation of the environment is just normal wear and tear of the earth. Humankind will be the last living thing standing on the earth. The status quote is fine.
Neither: Life on earth can not be understood in black and white. A balanced approached should be sufficient to stave off any danger. Technology will be able to solve any of the major problems facing Humanity.
The Quadruple Bottom Line chart shown below measures the State of Humanity in relationship to the topic discussed. The green check implies that humans are aligned with the Laws of Nature. The red “X” implies that humans are significantly imbalanced with Natural Law.