Whether we relate to those who call themselves ‘greens’, everyone are becoming significantly conscious that our natural world is harming and that all are accountable for its care and health. The current discussions on how to reduce carbon emissions is an indicator of the delicate relationship that exists between people and the environment. I am certain that, like me, you too are becoming progressively aware that you are a part of the environment not apart from it.
We frequently show no idea of the consequences of our actions effects of our actions. We are creatures of habit and benefit. Our busy lives and indulgent lifestyle frequently produce loss of sight to the saying that ‘every action has an opposite response’. Star and ecologist Ed Asner described it like this:
” We all moan and groan about the loss of the quality of life through the damage of our ecology, and yet each one people, in our own little comfy methods, contributes day-to-day to that damage. It is time now to awaken in each one of us the regard and attention our precious mother should have.”
We are significantly realizing the effect that the collected effects of centuries of industrialization, is having on the environment. If we know our relationship with the environment, we will actively change our lifestyle and habits to protect the vulnerable world we reside in.
In the past, the ancient indigenous cultures of our world found out how to live consistently with the environment. They learned to utilize its resources for their needs and not their greed. They learned to secure their resources and reside in consistency with the seasons by just taking resources for individual requirements at a time when those resources were naturally in abundance. They resided in consistency with the environment and the environment lived in consistency with them.
So what can you do to honour this environmental relationship? How about recycling, using environmentally safe cleaning products, and driving less? Someplace in time, we lost the idea of belonging to the environment and not being apart from it. As a human race, we began to see ourselves as in some way separate from it and our lifestyles concentrated on what we could draw from the world around us and forgot what we ought to return to. The cost of our actions is not only the damage of the environment that we are a part of, but also potentially our own damage.