This week Awesome Stories brings you environmental urgency.
The Time for Action is Now
Many of you know how much I love nature. As my recent Soulful Sunday post explored, nature is my go-to happy place for peace, nourishment, and restoration. And I firmly believe that many of the world’s problems are a direct result of people not feeling at one with nature. We can feel and act disconnected from nature, but in reality, we are always one with nature. We are an integral part of the web of life. Native Americans and indigenous cultures around the world understand this fundamental connection.
Sadly, too many people, leaders, and corporations act as if we are simply consumers of the earth, along with endless resources. But science and our hearts tell us a different story. I remember the first time that I saw the side of a mountain, bald and stripped to the ground from clear-cut tree harvesting. The only thing left were stumps and barren fields. I felt shocked and hurt to my core as if I had been attacked along with the land and trees. All of nature, except man, acts from a place of integration, give and take, connection, and harmony. Sadly, with our free will we have chosen to treat the planet as something to use and consume, not our home and extended self to preserve.
Human-induced environmental change is occurring at an unprecedented scale and pace and the window of opportunity to avoid catastrophic outcomes in societies around the world is rapidly closing. ~ IPPR
It’s amazing to me that we’re still debating the need for action and legislation about climate and the environment. What’s worse is that now we are moving beyond simple climate change issues. The latest research says that we are reaching tipping points on many environmental factors like CO2 levels, ocean acidity, plastic pollution, soil depletion, and species extinction. And this environmental stress is contributing to societal breakdown with economic instability, mass migration, conflict, and famine. The latest research from IPPR calls this “environmental breakdown” and urges immediate bold action before the effects are irreversible.
While our leaders continue to debate, deny, and delay, some people are stepping up to the challenge. Interestingly, it might just be young people who save the planet. Many youth groups are rallying for the environment with protests, plans, and programs. Mass climate change protests have swept Europe recently, led by teenage girls. The UN has launched a Young Champions of the Earth Competition to highlight and motivate youth to action.
Thank goodness the youth are aware, engaged, and taking action.