Reflections on Climate Change through the Eyes of a Nature Evolutionary
By Jen Frey As a Nature Evolutionary, I recognize the Sacred in All. Which means that every Being (Plant, Animal, Human, Insect, Rock, Mountain, River, Nature Spirit) has an inherent value which is not based on her economic value. And I understand that All life is interconnected; even though I may be unaware of it, what happens to the Polar Bears in the North Pole or what happens to the Chonta Trees in the Amazon happens to me.
I have never understood why I was called an “environmentalist” (or why this often had a negative connotation), why we even needed such a thing. Even if one does not recognize that everything is a living Being, is it not obvious that the water we dump poisons into is the same water we drink and the same water that we get our fish from? Or that the air we pollute is the same air that we breathe. Are we really that disconnected that we cannot understand this? Can we not see that our very lives depend on the health of the environment in which we live, which is Earth?
We are now at a point that we can no longer deny these facts. We look at the poisoning of the water in Flint, Michigan or Charleston, West Virginia. Or the air quality in Beijing, China or Los Angeles. We look at the increase of earthquakes, especially in areas where fracking is occurring. Or the greater occurrence and severity of extreme weather patterns. We have to realize that we need to change.
The main issue for debate at the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris was what temperature increase we should limit Global Warming to: 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2. I think this misses the point. First of all, this again confirms the belief that we are in control of Nature. We can decide how she will react to our pollution or reduction of pollution. Plus, having an arbitrary number, allows us to remain distant and separate from our actions and more importantly from Nature.
The agreement in Paris focuses on the reduction of greenhouse gases. I recognize that for governments and many companies this is frightening, especially those based on Petroleum. Of course, much is talked about the switch to renewable energy. While this is great, it is short sighted. We cannot simply continue as we are, substituting Solar and Wind for Oil and Coal. For climate change is due to more than greenhouse gases, it is the culmination of our destruction of and separation from Nature. We need a paradigm shift.
Focusing on the temperature increase or reducing greenhouse gases is only a small part of the issue. It is the allopathic approach to environmental health. Let’s suppress or eliminate what appears to be the greatest symptom and ignore everything else. We need a holistic approach, one that recognizes that the symptoms of polluted water, polluted air, deforestation, farmer suicides, even increase in autoimmune diseases, depression, poverty, and malnutrition are all connected. They are all symptoms of the same underlying cause: separation of humans from Nature and the destruction of our Home.
As I said earlier, it is time for a paradigm shift. It is time for us to re-member that we are Nature. As Ian Somerhalder said, “The environment is in us, not outside of us. The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment ultimately you do to yourself.” It is time for us to take our eyes off the screens and go discover the Beauty and Wonder outside. It doesn’t matter where you live, Nature is everywhere. It is time for us to fall in Love with Nature, ultimately, this means falling in Love with ourselves. For the more time you spend with Nature, getting to know her, the more you appreciate the intricate systems, the more you realize how much your life is dependent on her, and the more you get to know yourself.
Of course, falling in love with the land around us and only protecting this from pollution is not enough. We are a global community, we can no longer think in terms of NIMBY - Not In My BackYard, for in essence all the yards are One. We know the Butterfly Effect. We can use this to our benefit or our detriment. Clearing the Amazon Rainforest for Oil has an enormous impact on the health of the Earth and so does planting Trees in Kenya. Basically it comes down to, which energies we want to feed.
As a Nature Evolutionary, I believe in living co-creatively with Nature. As much as the media wants to portray the environmental movement as being based on deprivation, this is not my experience. For I have found that the more time I spend in Nature and the more that I work with her, the more beautiful and meaningful and abundant my life is. The wonder of being co-creators with Nature is that we learn with her. Nature is not static nor monotone, she is full of diversity. How we choose to live co-creatively can be just as diverse.
When there is destruction all around us, it is easy to get overwhelmed. This is dangerous for overwhelm leads to apathy. As a Nature Evolutionary, I try my best to focus on the solution. This means that my intention, my vision, my Heart are centered on the world in which I want to live. I try to do what I can to create this world, I ask myself what energy are my actions and choices supporting, and most importantly, I believe that this world will exist. I try to surround myself with others who are also creating a better world. Through ONE, I am inspired and ignited to continue to work for the Earth, for Humanity. For I believe that we are capable of much more than we give ourselves credit. It is our birthright to be Sacred Humans connected to All.
Despite my reservations on the agreement in Paris, I do recognize that there is a shift among the political leaders and they are beginning to awaken to the need for change. However, what inspired me the most about the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris was the People’s Movement. People joined from all over the world to share their stories, to support one another, to hold ceremony. Before the summit, people gathered in cities around the globe to March, pray, sing, to ask our Leaders to stand for this Earth. It is these moments of unity that are important to remind us that we are not alone in this. For truly climate change affects the entire Earth. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” And so I wonder, what happens when a large group of thoughtful, committed citizens want to change the world?
“The whole of Planet Earth is a sacred site. All people are the chosen people and the purpose of our lives is a spiritual one.
May we care for each other, and for the earth, for everything relates to everything else.
Feeling this oneness, may we radiate the light of love and kindness that all may live in unity and peace.”
- Radha Sahar