Humanity's True Test: the Burden of Stewardship
The true strength of a people, or an environment, is in their ability to withstand the hardships that come with cultural and biological evolution. Ecosystems are born through immense pressures within the ecosystem itself, and from other encroaching systems trying desperately to carve out a niche for themselves.
Humanity is no different, we have risen to power as a piece of the dominant ecosystems of our time, carving out potentially sustainable areas we call countries. Were it not for the help provided by millions of other species championed along the way, humanity would not have the opportunity to exist as we do. So here we sit, stewards of the planet. All species living and dying alongside one another to arrive at this moment, the future is literally, in are hands.
Everything depends on the walking, talking chimps to do the right thing. We must go beyond our trivial political bickering, beyond politics exclusionary colors, lines and absurdities and think of the whole instead of the few. Sustainability is enlightenment; it grows as individuals seek empowerment by protecting those who cannot protect themselves. Ecosystems, like young children, are the future of our world, our existence.As global, sustainable citizens, we are responsible for protecting and nurturing them.
The methods are powerful, but simplistic in their beginnings, one-person plants native species in their yard to create habit for local wildlife. Their neighbors talk about this 'bold new idea' and want to be part of it. They plant other local species and decide to leave small openings in their fences and walls that allow animals to move freely from yard to yard; or open space to open space.Soon entire communities are embracing the wildlife that is now living with them, as it once did a century ago. They no longer push nature out of their lives, but beckon it to their front doors.
Sustainable ‘systems’ are why we exist, in the position of stewards to the creatures and environments we share and depend on. Humanity has been given a heavy burden, the burden of stewardship.Embracing our past is living with the natural world; we are a piece of a complex and beautiful arrangement. A symbiotic system we depend on for are very existence.
Article was inspired by a documentary called "Play Again: What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature." Screening across the United States, January - March 2011