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March 27, 2019

I went out to watch the pelicans today.

Observing humans, trees and animals is something that I find both simple and profound.

If we consider and observe the creatures around us, it assists us to have greater empathy with all living things – humans and all living beings.

As I came out to watch the pelicans swimming on the surface of the water, I came closer to them, to observe them a little more closely. The two large birds gliding over the water moved away from me as if to say ‘we’re moving away, because we’re doing our own thing, and you’re not part of what we’re doing’.

This simple, yet profound feeling in me brought me to thinking about how we as humans, courtesy of many people’s obsession with technology, has cut off our minds and thoughts from nature.

Over many years growing up, I supported a number of environmental organisations.

Whether we believe in climate change, or not, that is immaterial.

Humans have affected the world around us. Us humans, whilst very intelligent, can be quite silly when it comes to looking after ourselves and our environment.

If there are no punishments for polluting the Earth, then why would we protect it?

It could be drilling for oil or environmental disasters that have happened, these are events that have happened and we humans have impacted on our beautiful planet.

The problem is, for those in political leadership positions, it’s very inconvenient that we have destroyed parts of the Earth, polluted this beautiful home and yet we monetise it, make money from it.

Al Gore discussed is his film, the Inconvenient Truth, the impact humans have had and our careering towards Earth’s destruction on a massive scale.

These are really important considerations for the future of our home planet, the future of our environment and for our grandchildren.

What will it take for leaders to take massive action on our planetary home?

Are we so focused on business that we can’t stop to watch the pelicans?

Will it take more earthquakes, bushfires, seas to rise, temperatures to rise to unprecedented, catastrophic levels for us to sit up and take notice?

And how does it happen that new political leaders can question the fact that we’ve polluted the Earth?

All we have to do is travel to large cities all over the world and witness both in awe of humanity’s achievements and be shocked at our impact on plants and animals.

What we aren’t thinking about is – what would the world look like and how would it function without humans?

Unfortunately, the answer to this is that the Earth and its creatures great and small would be doing so much better without us being here. Let’s think about this more deeply. How can we make a more positive impact on the Earth around us?

A trip to a friend’s environmentally friendly property whilst on holidays recently has assisted me to realise that we can commune with nature in new and different ways.

Not all modern contraptions are negative, though we don’t consider… What kind of metals are in our mobile phones? How did we get our petrol? What is in our plastics? What can we do to reduce our impact on the Earth?

Whilst it’s good to reduce, reuse and recycle – and this is important – this can’t be the whole picture.

Looking at where things come from, what trees or animals were impacted to get us our products, can help us realise our impact and have less negative influence on our gorgeous globe that we have forgotten to appreciate.

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