We Are: EARTH
We are not separate from this Earth that 7+ billion people, and nearly 9 million unique species of life, share. It is a tiny oasis measuring only 8,000 miles across, floating, spinning (at 1,000 miles per hour) and racing (at 67,000 miles per hour) around its orbit in an incomprehensibly infinite and mesmerizing Universe.
All planets and life in the Universe (as we know it) were created from the Big Bang 14 billion years ago and the subsequent creation of trillions of stars thereafter. The very elements that make up our bodies were birthed in the furnaces of stars of yesteryear... We are, indeed, stardust.
Life on Earth has evolved through a miraculous and ever so delicate balance, and must not be taken for granted.
In addition to climate change: we are in a new Mass Extinction period
While she has weathered astonishing change over billions of years, life on Earth has Not always fared so well. Scientists describe five previous mass extinction events in our planet's history, and believe we are now in the midst of its 6th-- the "Holocene". Importantly, this is the very first man-made, and the effects of climate change are incremental, and only just beginning. The informed predictions from an overwhelming consensus of scientists is that life on Earth is facing its greatest threat yet: ourselves.
See “Habitat loss threatens all our futures, world leaders warned” Guardian UK 11/’18
“Amid the worst loss of life on Earth since the demise of the dinosaurs … Since 1970 humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles, according to the latest Living Planet report by WWF, which warned that the loss of wildlife was now an emergency that is threatening our civilisation.”
Climate change, and mass extinctions, are real, and here. The time to passively learn and patiently observe has past.
Our political leaders engage in public denial, whether they actually believe it or not. Theirs is a crude and simple consideration: short-term wealth for themselves and their benefactors vs. empathy for other life, including the plant and animal kingdoms, our children, and the developing world. We can not wait any longer for our leaders to act conscientiously.
What You Can Do:
A) Being mindful where you spend $ may be the single most important thing you can do, with the fastest impact on positive change. Critical to support Small/ Local in an age when corporate exploitation has caused so much harm to people and planet.
B) Support orgs protecting: Forests, Oceans, Air, Water, Soils, Animals, Plants, Biodiversity
Find one today and make any kind of donation. If you have kids -- let them help pick. It All helps!
C) Some places to start, at Home:
Buy Direct from your community at Farmers Markets.
At grocery stores, buy small, local, seasonal, heirloom, organic farms. Try something New!
Move towards more plant based diet
Use sustainable seafood guide from www.seafoodwatch.org
Less packaged foods, No GMO
Save $ by reducing food waste. Buy only what you really need
Conserve All. Especially hot water.
Plan ahead. End use of plastic/ bottled water.
Replace lawns w native, drought tolerant plants in landscapes
Drive less. Switch to hybrids. Carpool. Keep tires inflated
Use public transport.
Support sustainable cities efforts, new culture for urban planning
Renewable/ Green Energy
Support your local small businesses. They reflect the values of your community.
Consider that low prices today come at a Greater Cost to Society (exploitation of the environment, and workers earning poverty wages get assistance from the middle-class) If you can afford, Please consider...
Buy Second Hand. There is soooo much of everything out there... Have fun with it.
D) Visibly Support Public Events, through Social Media or Attending in person. Bring your family. Make your Support and presence physically known!
Some Helpful Tips from recent New York Times article
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