We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American Quote
We shouldn’t think only of our Mother’s on Mother’s Day and we shouldn’t only think about the Earth on Earth Day. As we learn about the disappearing species in the world we need to realize our place here is not guaranteed either.
In the 1970s scientists considered pouring soot over the Arctic to help melt the ice – in order to prevent another Ice Age. Could it be that “Us” trying to fix things is what will cause a disaster we can’t prevent? We don’t understand the consequences of our actions enough to be trying to “Fix Nature”.
Nature does best without us. It may not build the walk-able forest we like. It may not encourage the habitat of the birds and animals we prefer. We are just animals that use more tools, and thus are more destructive, the more tools we use, the more destruction we leave in our wake.
In many respects, we are like naughty children who won’t clean up after ourselves. We don’t think about others, we aren’t good at sharing, and we only consider our own interests.
We will live within the bounds of nature or we won’t live at all. What is the other choice? We can live on so much of the earth and use up so many resources before we become a detriment. When will we reach that level? Have we already? Does anyone know?
How do we make sure there is enough nature to sustain a habitable world? A host can support so many parasites. We must be parasites on the Earth. How many can she sustain and at what levels of exploitation?
Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. Cree Indian Prophecy
In the book The Secret Wisdom of Nature by Peter Wohlleben, he writes about how nature quickly moves in when men move out and re-establish growth and healing. It can be seen in the Amazon where ancient civilization has been overgrown.
We probably don’t need to die out if we are willing to live with nature and give nature a chance to rebuild and sustain a healthy ecosystem. How much of the Earth does Nature need? How far out of Nature’s way do we need to get? What if the truth is we need to just get out of the way? Man doesn’t need to come up with solutions, we don’t have any. We are killing our host, or we are not? Do we even know?
Can urban forests be almost as good as untouched forests for producing plant life, animal life, insect life? Different species thrive in open forests, grasslands, etc than old growth forests.
In The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben asks. Did you know that trees can influence the rotation of the earth? Or that wolves can alter the course of a river? Or that earthworms control wild boar populations? The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans.
The theme of Peter Wohlleben books appears to be that nature is so complex, the interconnections so immense that we should limit our effects on nature and let nature look after the earth. If the answer is to get out of nature’s way and let nature heal the earth. It is a better view than thinking we have to do something because we don’t know what to do. Quit doing so much, quit overpopulating, and leave something to nature. We probably can’t fix it, but if we leave enough nature, nature will fix everything.
Nature may not be able to fix our obsession with growth. The more people on the planet that use large amounts of resources, the fewer people the planet can support. Makes sense to me. Where are we on the tipping point of what is sustainable? When we help animals make it through the winter when there wasn’t enough food for that large of a population we didn’t really help. We now have an overpopulation we don’t know what to do about.
The thing with sustainable and unsustainable is what is sustainable is actually sustainable, meaning you don’t have to do anything to sustain it. We need to let go of our hubris, thinking we can make the world better, and start living within the bounds of nature. We can work on sustainability, we need to let nature work on healing, and we need to get out of the way.
I could be completely wrong on this. Maybe we don’t have to live with Nature, maybe we are above Nature, but I don’t think so.
How is it possible that the most intellectual creature to ever walk the planet Earth is destroying its only home? Jane Goodall
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