I feel a sense of urgency. We all need to feel a sense of urgency. But the needs of everyday life serve to distract us. Most of us are aware that there is a problem. But the illusion of abundance makes us think, there’s plenty where that came from, there’s nothing to worry about yet. The fact that most of us don’t get to see where all our stuff is coming from or where our garbage is going to, hides the damage we are doing. The illusion is that all systems are still go, so we’re still okay for a while yet, right?
But the truth of the matter is, there is only one minute left. One minute from the point of no return. One minute from the point that the Earth can no longer sustain us. The first time I heard this and the test tube analogy from David Suzuki several years back, I knew it must be true. He now has a video of it, One Minute Left. It explains exponential growth, and how we don’t all see it, but we are at a very crucial moment in human history. If there is any link on my blog that you need to see, this is the one. Watch it now.
We are so busy consuming and consuming, we never stop to think where all our stuff comes from, or stop to appreciate that the Earth gave it all to us. We are so busy worrying about the economy and our jobs, we never stop to think that the economy is just a system somebody made up, money is just a piece of paper that represents goods or services exchanged and shouldn’t be an ends in itself. In The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard explains how this mindset came about and how we can change.
Our human life is dependent on not only the health of the oceans and forests of the world, it is dependent on the health of every living creature on Earth. Think of it this way. If the population of insects on Earth were to plummet, as the population of bees is unfortunately doing right now, it would have huge ramifications for plant life, animal life, and all along the food chain to us. However, if the population of humans were to plummet, all life on earth would flourish again. We need them, but they don’t need us. Food for thought.
Nature did not design anything on the Earth to be disposable. The Earth’s abundance is renewable and plentiful – if we respect the conditions under which it flourishes. If we continue to consume and dispose of the Earth’s resources the way we are, we are headed straight towards our own demise.
The big question is, how do we get ourselves off our butts and start doing something about it? How do we instill a sense of urgency when we live in an illusion of abundance that tells us everything is okay for now? How do we make changes and devote enough time and energy to the issue when we have our daily needs to meet? Then, how do we convince others to do the same? This is what I am exploring in this project, and I can only hope that I am making a difference.
We only have one minute left to decide what we are going to do. What are you going to do?