“We are at the point of return from gross to subtle, from glamorous to gracious, from hedonism to healing, from conquest of the Earth to conservation of Nature, and from quantities of possessions to quality of life.” ~ Satish Kumar, E.F. Schumacher Foundation
I love that quote and would love to believe that it was really true. Whilst ever we are run on Keynesian economics, and since the advent of free-market enterprise in the ’80′s and the consequences of this-economic rationalism and the casualisation of the workforce- we can not achieve this.
CEO’s of Corporations such as The World Bank, Media Magnates through NewsCorp International, Mining and Deforesation CEO’s will do whatever they can to exploit the natural environment and the poor for their own profits.
When the majority of people are ignorant and are motivated by fear, consumerism and what is popular, they will believe the lies and rhetoric of the financial giants that purport these beliefs and whose best interests are not for the majority. They are causing the wealthiest to get richer and the poorer to get poorer at the expense of the environment in which we live. Belief in consumerism, “must have this, must have that!” highlights an ‘inner void’ that is never satisfied and does not produce happiness.
I’d like to think that there was an window of opportunity for transformation in the 1960′s, yet the very ‘baby boomers’ who preached love, communal living and started environmental movements, are the wealthiest people on the planet today!
Just 3 weeks ago, the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority gave authority to Gina Rinehart (the richest woman in the world) to create the world’s largest coal mine at Abbott Point, only 50 km’s north of the Whitsunday’s! Was it a bribe? Was it due to force? Australian’s have been fighting this cause from the beginning of its industrialisation, and want no part of it, as eocide is not on, and with the loss of tourism and fish stock, it makes no sense. Even now funds are being raised to take this decision to court and hopefully gain justice through a High Court injunction. But how can we compete against multi billionaire mining magnates? We must through our intentions and actions, fight for what is right!
You can help out with financial contributions here: https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/great-barrier-reef–3/the-fight-for-the-reef/fuel-the-fight?
Coral Sea Sunrise
The list goes on with environmental exploitation; drilling in the Arctic Circle, Russia, Mexico, deforestation of the Congo and Amazon Basins, Borneo, Sumatra, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Canada, Madagascar…
It is up to all of us to participate in protecting Life! We have the technology to ‘go Green’ and people are going solar, or utilising wind power to reduce carbon impact-which is fantastic and timely- yet ‘the powers that be’ have invested interest in fossil fuels and the timber industry, and will do anything to gain profits from these until they run out, and then it will be too late! Have you looked at Google Earth lately? Zoom down and check out the destruction. It is not pretty!
In this age of distraction, which includes very sophisticated strategies to strengthen ‘consumer mind’ and behaviour, it is vital to rise above it, become aware, dig for ‘the truth’, to feel and to do something about natural destruction! We can contribute through our hearts and our minds, through our intentions, affirmations, prayer, positive actions and through our collective activism. We must waken from the slumber and protect the EARTH! Can you see the words HEAR and HEART in the word EARTH? They are the keys to our transformation.
We cannot continue our collective denial, in our unthinking/unfeeling ways. For, if we continue in our bombastic, chauvanistic, competitive, hedonistic, greedy ways, there will be no Earth in 100 years!
It is up to us, each and every one of us, to stand firm in our convictions, to ‘Go Green’ and to fight for our environment, so that we may have clean air, fresh water, forests… If we destroy our ocean and forests, there will be no air to breathe, nor food to eat. If we destroy our natural heritage, there will be none for future generations, if there are to be future generations.
The Agony of Gaia, depicts Mother Earth as a mountain, lying on her side in agony, as heavy equipment tears into her to remove coal, by Jeff Chapman-Crane.
“Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.” David Suzuki.
Have you watched Carl Sagan’s, Cosmos? I suggest you do. This is an introduction to the documentary on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7n71pm0K04 You can buy a copy of it at Amazon, or borrow it from your local library.
It’s an excellent documentary that talks of the oneness of the universe, and how each and every one of us, and everything is connected; if something affects one part, then it affects everything. He talks of our nuclear power and of our environmental destruction, and how this is very poignant as we are on the threshold. We have the power to choose wisely. Do we choose life or death for this planet? I know that I choose LIFE! Let us heal this planet together! It is up to US ALL!
yours consciously, Bridget Cameron