Nature cries for our undivided attention

Eastina Taylor
Posted October 3, 2019 from Sierra Leone
Mudslide in Sierra Leone
Mudslide in Sierra Leone: Photo credit Phileas Jusu (1/1)

Recently I watched a cartoon movie with my kids about a talking tree that has been neglected and not listened. It inspired me in a sad way to write this article. I started to imagine if only humans can hear nature' s voice then we’ll understand how selfish we have been to our very existence.

We must reconnect our minds to what nature has to say to us. In Sierra Leone, we used to hear the voice of nature and that was the era of no mudslide, landslide, flooding, etc.

Nature has been so patient with us, but we have just been stubborn to read between the lines. We take its children, relatives and loved ones (trees, sand, stones) to build our houses and make infrastructures to make our families comfortable. If we could look at nature's face, we could see how sad and miserable we've made it become. Natural disasters are just one way they show how miserable they are.

We make bridges and other infrastructures and redirect how nature was meant to be, what a sad thing to do. And here we are talking about human rights, they have the same rights too because of their breath, move, collapse and die just like us. Isn't that the same thing humans do? So why do we think we should have all the rights but infringes on nature's right?

I guess we were taught in school that plants are living things, they inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen that we breath in to survive. That just shows that our very existence depends on how healthy they are.

Naturally, as humans, if our existence depends on how we treat someone or something we always tend to take that thing or person seriously. So why are we still taking nature for granted? Have we not witnessed nature's rage before? I have, and it not pretty. The same thing that was meant to protect us, is killing us.

Because we have forced it to act negatively.

My boss said something the other day, he said nature is getting tired of us and if we keep depleting it at the same pace we are doing now, it will get tired and pop us somewhere else. Then other worthy species will come and occupy our space on Earth. Trust me no one including me want that to happen, do we? So, let’s start with reconciling with nature again.

First thing first, it’s time to take nature's concern at heart. We must realize that its resource is not unlimited. For quite some time now it has been complaining and we have not been a good listener.

Secondly, let's allow nature to heal itself. While we allow the healing process, let us also realize that we do have a role to play in its healing process. Let’s start by being good nature’s listeners. Let’s take an affirmative action to do reforestation and allow nature to flow in its right path.

 According to 1 million women, Costa Rica in just 30 years doubled their rainforest cover by safeguarding it, introducing financial incentives for landowners to reforest and conserve land, which eventually reduced poverty and strengthened Indigenous communities. Logging permits were also restricted and a commission was created to monitor forest activities. The investment in rainforests helped the county’s economic success and created a booming ecotourism industry. This proves that reforesting is valuable to us and the planet.

Then thirdly, we must rethink the issue of non-biodegradable waste disposals especial the plastics. Presently, they are natures biggest problem at hand. They kill ocean species, rendering their environments inhabitable. And here we are complaining about homeless caused by natural disasters, they are just returning the favor.  

As nature focuses on healing itself, we should start looking at how we can adopt ethical living which is a lifestyle revolution to fight the climate crisis. We need to start a climate journey from apathy to action that profoundly changes any lifestyle that has any possibilities of affecting nature. According to Pete Seeger - “If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.” We don’t have a lot of time left to fix this problem and we need everyone involved to make a change.

 

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maeann
Oct 03
Oct 03

Hi Eastina,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree with your boss. Let's reconcile with nature again or else we will face consequences. I also agree with you that we should get involved to make a change. That starts in our home by avoiding single-use plastic.

Eastina Taylor
Oct 03
Oct 03

Definately single plastic use is a problem.

Lisbeth
Oct 03
Oct 03

Hi again dear
I wish I could watch that movie. What is the title of the movie haha. Maybe I google it up.
Yes, we all have abandoned nature and we all should be ashamed of our actions. It's not too late for us all to change our attitude. The clock is ticking!
Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great day.
Regards

Eastina Taylor
Oct 03
Oct 03

We watched it on one kids Channel on cable . so i didn't take the time to look at the name of the movie. I check the play list on the Channel and send the name later

Lisbeth
Oct 03
Oct 03

Amazing! If can't get it is ok dear.
Thanks

Tarke Edith
Oct 03
Oct 03

Hello Esstina
Thanks for sharing your cartoon.story with us.
It's true dear nature is really crying but we seem not to hear but go on harting them.
They have the right to be angry today.
Be blessed for sharing.

Hello, Eastina,

Wow, I love this! Very on point. I hear you, sis.

This line resonates with me, “if only humans can hear nature' s voice then we’ll understand how selfish we have been to our very existence”.

Let us allow nature to heal or else we’ll die with it.

Thank you for bringing up this topic. So close to my heart.

Jill Langhus
Oct 04
Oct 04

Hello Eastina,

Thanks for sharing your strong and powerful message. I couldn't agree more. We all, collectively, need to move from apathy into action. Not just a portion of us... all. I'm encouraged recently to see all the climate walks, more and more people speaking up, and also seeing new inventions all the time being implemented. It's not as quickly as I would like, but at least it's happening. Do you follow TreeSisters? I think you would love it.

Hope you're doing well, and having a great day!

XX

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 05
Oct 05

Hi Eastina,
Thank you for writing about how important it is for us to turn around our damaging practises affecting the earth and its environment. I believe we are on a higher alert and intention to act than we have been in the past. As people we keep coming forward. we all have a part to play and need to examine our own lives. Governments and businesses also critically and honestly need to get onboard.

Nabila Abbas
Oct 06
Oct 06

Thanks for sharing your voice :)

DrSpirit
Oct 09
Oct 09

Hello Eastina,

Great post, Thank You. Ah Yes, Natural Products and Services are estimated to be worth $74 trillion annually, worldwide. Tapping into nature's gifts is low hanging fruit to tap into wealth. It is so important to plant trees and gardens. People benefit, the environment benefits, and the world economy benefits.

The financial estimated came from the UN Environment document.
click here --> http://www.grida.no/publications/215

Have a look at EPA's Health Browser to see how the green space impacts peoples health and wellbeing.
click here --> https://www.epa.gov/enviroatlas/enviroatlas-eco-health-relationship-browser

Great Work.