‘To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee.’
“I used to think that environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are
and to deal with these, we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”
-James Gustave Speth, environmental lawyer and advocate
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
World Resources Institute
Since 1989 David Suzuki has been calling for action and urgency.
“Transformational paradigm shift:
That respect for nature and interdependent with it must be our top priority.”
Nature was our touchstone and our reference pint and dictated the way we interacted with it. But as economics and politics have increasingly come to dominate our decisions and actions, we have lost our sinse of place in the world and our reverence for nature.
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
-Chief Seattle, 1854
Patriots day? It is long past time to stop pledging our allegiance to the delusion of the “other.” Whether it is nationalism or speciesism, the process of “othering” is based upon misperception and wrong-relationship, which will be the end of us all if we do not heal this collective woundedness. All of life on Earth is inextricably intertwined through the beautiful web of life, and the harm we do to any “other” comes back to us in a form of self-destruction. Let’s co-create a future where we celebrate days like “reconnection” and “resacralization” instead of the perpetuation of the destruction of the “other.”