As many are starting to realize, we don't own the planet. The Earth is a living organism with her own rules and principles. If you go against the natural force of nature you can be sure to expect the consequences of these actions. If we wish to remain on this planet it is up to us to take any steps necessary to save Mother Earth.
We don't own the planet as I mention before, we have at best inherited it from our ancestor or borrowed it from our children. We were simply given it either by pure chance or by a higher intention.
“Humans” vs “Nature”
Other species on this planet, which we consider as less intelligent than humans; the animals, plants, and even rocks or simple systems like the Hydrological system most of them work with an amazing symbiotic relationship to each other in order to thrive throughout generations.
There are three symbiotic relationships in natural world. Where do the humans belong in? With our capacity to choose we should be in the first two:
This, however, is not true when it comes to “the great human beings”.
After thousands of years of roaming this planet, and trying to simply survive, we have somehow become the most intelligent inhabitant in terms of the capability of changing and reshaping the environment around us.
This intelligence is not only a gift but also comes with a huge responsibility.
As the acting gods on this planet, we have the power to create and to destroy. The ability to comprehend and to adapt.
Why then do we continue to destroy the very one place we can live in?
Where did Mankind go wrong?
As the self-appointed ‘higher’ power in the world, mankind keeps destroying and damaging the very thing that allows us to survive.
We are an inseparable part of nature which in itself is a living organism. This was understood by our ancestors from Native American tribes to the Aboriginals in Australia.
To break it down into a very simple concept that holds the most amazing idea: We are all stardust.
Our bodies contain particles from the stars, which some while ago happen to collide together at some big galactic party. It still lives in us, sciences know that everything has a memory withing itself. So we keep carrying this memory within us, either bodies or minds.
Even though we carry this galactic memory within us we have still swayed from who we really are.
So why has it become normal and acceptable to pollute the air, soil and waters?
This may have all begun during the first big discoveries of technology and the start of the industrial revolution, when people become more confident in themselves and less dependent on nature (or so they thought).
The standard of living hugely improved with machinery and industrial progress. This can explain the recklessness of how people started living. Especially in the most developed parts of the world where excess ownership of material possessions rules many peoples lives.
Our ancestor lived in harmony with nature. They didn't have many other options. Simple things like the unknown kept them in check and forced them to observe the flows of the planet.
However, once the sciences offered an explanation to many of the mysteries of the world such as natural disasters, the sun and the water system, our flow with nature ironically began to be ignored. Why? Because people stopped being scared of the worlds natural phenomenons.
As the standard of living improved with machinery and industrial progress, so has Man-kinds recklessness.
The dangers that our Earth faces
Fossil fuels have been the cheapest and most effective source of energy for the massive expansion of human existence in the last 200 years. This can be seen in more developed countries in the world where the use of precious minerals from the Earth is significantly higher than in developing countries.
Plastic pollutes the oceans, smog fills the air and biodiversity around us slowly wastes away. With an air quality constantly degrading and 8 million tons of plastic in the ocean, animals and plants are slowly starting to waste away.
While we move further and further away from the Earths natural flow, the planet suffers more. We are now facing some of the biggest environmental challenges that our species have ever seen and continue to disregard the consequences.
The planet fighting back
With our ever-increasing levels of consumerism and disregard for waste, we as a species are now facing the reality that our extinction may come by our own hands.
We can see Mother Nature raising her finger and showing us her power and our littleness. Saying she will not take this abuse forever.
Unpredictable weather patterns rampaging, earthquakes, the migration of indigenous plants, rising sea levels, and climate change are just a few signals that the Earth has had enough of our ignorance.
New viruses, a change in weather patterns and increasing ocean temperature all make life on this Earth for us harder each year.
This may not seem a problem for now but when the fish start dying and we lose precious land to the ocean we will really understand the depth of this our irresponsible behaviour. After all, the Earth will survive. It is humankind that will not.
A time for change
Lucky for us this is not yet the end. People are slowly starting to wake up and understand their part in the ecosystem.
We are not separate from the environment, we are literally one.
Let me tell you a short example:
The things you eat becomes your body and the thing you drink becomes your blood and all bodily liquids. What supported you grow from a small child? It was the food you ate. The moment you digest it, it miraculously transformed into your cell grow, repair and rebuild. When we die we return this food to the land for others to use and the cycle continues.
Many of us now realize, or re-realize how much of a part we play in this system. The very water that we pollute is what feeds our trees. The air quality we destroy is the same air our livestock breathes.
When you learn how to coexist, it becomes a harmonious collaboration. We don't own the planet, we are only lending it from future generations. This is a principle that we are only now getting to grip with.
It is our, as the most intelligent species on the planet, responsibility to take action in any way we can in order to preserve what we have for future generations.
Making a change for the positive
We can`t change the world but we can change the way we act in it. Each step we take towards a more sustainable lifestyle the better the result becomes. Changing your entire life can be hard but when you implement a few steps at a time after a while you will see a great change.
So how could we, or how can a single person, who might be reading this article do something, at least anything small to have a positive impact. Maybe it is something insignificant for a single person but a huge thing for a planet who remembers.
These are a few of the steps I have taken in order to change my carbon footprint on the planet, and I hope that they will inspire you to make similar lifestyle changes in your own life:
• Reduce the use of all the unnecessary plastics; no onetime use of shopping bags, no plastic straws, no plastic spoons, any single-use plastic is a problem. We should never only use something once. This can not only help to reduce the waste in landfills and oceans, but it can reduce the demand for these products. This means less oil drilling and the reduction in the use of other natural resources.
• Recycling your own home waste. Reducing the cost of running these facilities that deal with recycling, saves energy, and therefore decreases the carbon footprint of the project.
• Saving energy, using water sparingly, reducing your electricity and gas consumption can all have an impact on your carbon footprint. Don’t leave the lights on in your entire house while in another room, turning of the tap when brushing your teeth and cooking meals that take less time are just a few examples of how you can easily change your lifestyle. This can save you from bugs, save the worlds energy sources, reduce production, reduce waste caused by the production of energy, and reduce air and water pollution.
• If and when possible, ride a bike, walk, or share a car to work. This not only saves you money but improves your health and preserves air quality.
• Turning off your engine while waiting in a car park for someone or in dense traffic and help clear the air you and your children are breathing. Not to mention the savings in fuel costs, wear and tear on your vehicle and reducing the emissions that your engine and fuel plants produce.
• Reducing your consumption of meat. This is not to say you should be vegan, it is only to highlight the major effects of the agriculture industry on water consumption and CO2 emissions.
• You can further educate yourself, do your research and learn about what is happening in the world around you. After all, everything starts with a good education.
• Supporting eco-friendly businesses and local organic stores can help reduce logistic costs and emissions as well as reduce waste due to the materials of products. Another way this could work is to become a seller yourself and try to add to the economy buy producing good, clean and renewable items.
• Composting kitchen waste reduces the need for artificial fertilizers and increases the health of your garden and produce.
• Donating to NGO and charities that support sustainability can be a great way to help your community. Just make sure you do your research and try to keep it local!
These are but a few steps that I have taken and that you can too! I challenge you to take one of these steps each month until you are living a lifestyle that supports them all.
My small step to support our home is with Eco-friendly phone cases. They are biodegradable and made with non-toxic materials. Once again it is something small, but remember everything we do can make a difference.
You can have a look at these Eco-friendly phone cases, especially if you are in the UK and trying to keep things local. Every bit of support counts and helps me to keep putting more into the Earth than I take out of it.
You can make a change if you try, all you need to do is take the first step!
Author is the owner of GreenMind shop.