As mentioned and explained in previous post (‘Mother Earth Inspiration’ Picture Contest!), November’s value of the month was all about “Mother Earth Inspiration”. Let’s try to express our interpretation of this value here, decomposing the value in its core:
Everything in nature is a balance. And everything alive on this planet should supposedly live according to this balance. There is the circle of life, comprising the food cycle, where nothing goes to waste, and on way or the other, it is being reused. Every output of one thing is an input of something else.
Take plants for example, they generate oxygen which is essential for all forms of life and at the same time, plants constitute the food source of herbivores. Herbivores in their turn constitute the food of carnivores and omnivores. And when herbivores, carnivores and omnivores pass away, they become detritus and dead cells and therefore decomposed by the detritivores, leading them back to the soil, and then all the way up to be absorbed by plants. And so on.
So in order to state the obvious, nature itself does not produce waste. People and human activities do. The balance we talked about begins to break when human started considering himself not a part of this cycle but above it. This is a very important thing to always keep in mind: that it is our very own actions and activities that will define the future of this planet and the survival of all plant and animal species, including our very own species.
The idea is as simple as to paraphrase a well-known quote: “Don’t ask what nature can do for you, but what you can do for nature”. We began reflecting upon what each and every one of us could do in this direction, starting with the little things. Three major key words: reuse, reduce, recycle! Contrary to what many people believe, you do not need to have a PhD in order to follow some simple and clear guidelines on recycling. And yes, the idea is that practically everything can be recycled, but in the right recycle bin. From plastic to glass, tin-cans to metals, batteries and light bulbs to electronic devices, it can all be recycled and reused. And no, it is not as difficult or complicated as you may think, it is more a question of habit. And if a 3 year old can do it, so can you! Yes, you reading this right now!
And there is so much more we can do than “just” recycling. Simple, mindful acts of our everyday life which could potentially have a tremendous positive effect in the long-run. Little things in order to make our homes or our offices even greener. But we must not just show the way, we must BE the way. This is a collective task, it requires everyone’s participation and cooperation starting right now, not tomorrow! It’s a new way of life to which we will all have to adapt.
A Native American Proverb says: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children”, also a very important notion. What each and every one should realize is that our actions have consequences and that whatever we do could potentially maximize or minimize Earth’s lifespan. And this is how the value of “Mother Earth Inspiration” reflects upon all AK members: everyone should strive for a better future not only for us but for our children and future generations to come. Earth day is (or should be) every day!
Please take a couple of minutes to have a look at ways on how we can make our lives greener and save energy!