Humans Are Inventive But Not Always Careful
In spite of what some may believe, the majority of Witches, Wiccans, Heathens, Druids and Pagans are not science averse. I understand this from conversation with those whom I’m acquainted, books and articles which I’ve read. We recognize and appreciate the value and knowledge which studying the world through the scientific method has gleaned. The quality of living which modern progress has afforded. Nobody wants a return to the Bronze Age.
However, there are also consequences for some of the methods employed for such advancement. And I have difficulty understanding why so many ignore the reality of the evidence which science presents. Like it or not, we have created a situation which is harming the eco-system within which we live. And while the Earth Mother herself will (eventually) restore to a new balance, humanity and a myriad of other species may not fare so well.
Houston, We Have A Problem With Earth Mother
When left to it’s own devices, our planet does experience changes in climate. A process which takes thousands of years having to do with minute changes in the planet’s orbit or the amount of solar radiation we receive. However, according to NASA: “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.”
- The planet is experiencing a rise in surface temperature.
- The oceans have absorbed a lot of this heat (warming more than 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969).
- The Ice Sheets are shrinking at an extraordinary rate.
- Glaciars are disappearing around the globe including the Alps, Himalayas, Andies, Rockies, Alaska and Africa.
- Sea Levels are rising (8 inches in the last century). However, “the rate in the last two decades is nearly double that of the last century and is accelerating slightly every year.”
- Extreme Weather Events including rising temperatures in the US, lowering temps around the world and intense rain are taking a toll.
Greta Thunburg Is Not My Goddess
Protect: We can encourage (or demand through our vote) what sustains current environmental protection laws or creates new legislation to protect our wetlands, preserves and other natural areas and encourages other governments to do the same.
Suggestions On A Smaller Scale
There are things you and I can do to lower our carbon footprint, lead by example and do what we can to protect our environment. Remember, none of us is perfect but even a little change here or there honors the Earth Mother:
- Invest in reusable bags for shopping and then take them with you to the store (something I’m terrible at doing and then must find a way to reuse the plastic bags I invariably bring home). Many stores now have them available for a minimal cost.
- Store information on an electronic device and do not print copies unless it’s necessary. You can invest in recycled paper for printing needs.
- Recycle, reuse, re-purpose. This can include anything from jars and bottles to shopping for clothes at consignment stores.
- Save Electricity by using energy efficient light bulbs, turning lights off when you leave a room, etc.
- Adopt a plant-based diet. While I know the idea of not eating meat, dairy or eggs is nie unto impossible for some people, it really can make a difference, even if you go meatless just a few days a week.
- Make use of public transportation or car pool. While this is not feasible for everyone, it can be beneficial in a number of ways. Simple solutions we’ve known for years are still viable options.
- Lower food waste when able. Donate to food kitchens, food pantries or take advantage of food services/stores who sell overstock or imperfect foods.
- Use your voice and vote. If these are issues which matter to you, then use your sphere of influence to further the cause, change people’s minds, or elect people into office who will strive to change our course from destructive to sustainable.
There is so much we can do to make a difference which amount to simple life-style changes. The Earth Mother is our home. Living in reciprocal harmony with nature is something many people long for these days (hence the reason “green space” has become so important in urban areas). So, as Witches and Pagans let’s be the torch-bearers and lead the way.