When you stop to think about it, our planet is truly amazing.
Earth is the only planet – in the Milky Way at least – to have created a space possible for the creation and growth that sustains life. This creative process is what we often take for granted.
It is a process which occurs naturally yet we have to appreciate that certain elements need to be sustained for creation to continue to flourish.
We look for facts about earth or news about how we are affecting life and the life of the next generations … yet how are we actually acting on what we hear or see?
The key issues surrounding the environment
There’s been a lot of talk about how humans are polluting the land, facts about the extent to which our consumption levels are depleting the earth’s resources and the effects of over-construction.
All of these contribute to global warming and the extinction of many species
Such environmental issues have led us to become aware of the importance of recycling, using alternative sources of energy such as solar, wind, or water and actually acknowledging that our actions have an imprint upon the planet.
Looking at a small beauty like the bee and how we as a race depend on it to live life as we know it;
Einstein himself commented that “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live”
Since the 1990s, the psychologist Daniel Goleman, has been promoting ecological intelligence.
This entails becoming aware of the ecological impacts of how we live, knowing the impacts of buying the things we buy, and marketplace transparency in the hope of creating a mechanism for positive change.
Projects to Save the Environment
Various projects can be mentioned, and we do not need to go too far from home. With solar panels on many of the roofs in our skyline we can see a start to the environmental conservation process, but also the other possibilities we haven’t taken advantage of yet! It’s knowing how to use what we have, but keeping the benefit of our planet in mind.
World Wildlife Fund
WWF are always coming up with numerous projects to reduce extinction and protect what we still have – animals in danger of extinction or forests that are going to be cut down
Save the Elephants
The Douglas-Hamilton’s founded the Save the Elephants organization which allows various industries get involved and spread the word to stop the ivory trade. They research, monitor, protect and see how we can co-exist with elephants in their habitat.
The beauty is that we can help in so many ways!
From home you can adopt animals to help sustain their habitat or donate to these organizations; talk to people about these issues and make them aware of how the little things we do can affect the planet in a major way.
For those who are more adventurous associations such as WWF, National Geographic and ‘Save the Elephants’ offer internship programmes, so you get to experience working with the animals. What could be better!
Accepting and recognising consumerism as giving in to greed is not easy, yet it is needed for us to re-embrace the important aspects of life.
We could be more aware of the fact that the earth does not belong to us, but ‘Man belongs to the earth’ in Einstein’s words.
It’s a question of humanity – of choosing the good for all and looking at our roles as guardians.