This week Awesome Stories brings you trying, systemic changes, and remarkable elephants.
Yoda from Star Wars is famous for saying “Do or do not, there is no try” but Mandy Harvey wrote an original song that is all about trying and not giving up in the face of adversity. She lost her hearing due to an illness, and after a period of mourning, she decided she wasn’t going to give up on life or her music. This song is the result. I admire her grit and her talent. Well done Mandy. Wow!
I’ve always been fascinated by elephants, and this article only made me want to learn more. In fact, I’d love to go on an African Safari to see the elephants, lions, rhinos, and other amazing wildlife. The author calls elephants remarkable beings for their sensitivity, long-term bonding, and family orientation. They are also highly matriarchal, with the elders both very respected and passing their wisdom along to the next generation. Elanor Hanlon clearly has special feelings for elephants. “In their eyes was knowledge, borne through the generations of their ancestors, of how to live and walk in beauty and harmlessness on the Earth.”
Moral and Systemic Changes for the Planet
We have to change our collective and individual behavior and give up something … ~ Richard Heinberg
A fellow blogger recently forwarded an article about China’s First Verticle Forest. The idea sounded good until I looked at the net impact. Two brand new highrises, filled with 1100 trees and 2500 plants, would only reduce the CO2 by the equivalent of removing 5 cars from the streets! Our environmental efforts have failed because we haven’t changed our central organizing principle; capitalism with growth at all costs. As early as the 1970s, deep thinking ecologists warned that we were nearing or exceeding the carrying capacity of the planet and we needed systemic changes. But decades later, we’ve lost track of that big thinking, and are simply scrambling from one idea to the next for quick fixes and technological cures to climate change. We need to wake up and make hard, bold choices on individual and collective levels to reduce the population, dramatically reduce consumption, create new economic systems, and sustainable ways of living with net zero emissions for homes, travel, and agriculture. Otherwise, many people like Mayer Hillman predict dire consequences for human civilization. I know this isn’t my usual cheery story, but I feel it is time we stop living in denial about the environment and our wasteful ways of living.
May we find the courage to make bold changes in ourselves and the way we live on this beautiful planet.