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|-"Everything that is normally described as an 'environmental' problem could be more accurately called and environmental symptom of a human problem."-|
|Quote stated in the Household Ecoteam Workbook|
|-"For better or for worse we humans have unlimited capacity and power to destroy other species. It is our collective knowledge, wisdom, and compassion that prevent us from doing so."-|
|Quote by Audubon conservationist Jane Lyons|
Our own hatred for one another through racism and discrimination pales in comparison to the peril the Earth faces through the disintegration of it's environment. There are over 5.5 billion people on this planet, and the only way we can save the earth is to unite and come together as one. We can't let the color of our skin or the boundaries that we are told we live in separate us.
The effects of our Art, Values, and Religion
Every human has a different opinion on conservation, based between the partnership of humans and nature. Peoples values range from "let nature be" to "let us go and get the most we can out of it". Many are beginning to believe that nature has rights also, just like other people. The following shows how the stage was set for nature's rights.
Humans Religious Traditions
Since Western culture has been shaped
by Christianity and Judaism, it is assumed that man is the crowning glory
of creation that rules over all nature. This belief arises from a passage Genesis
"'...Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the
Earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over
the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the Earth.'"
However both Jews and Christians have a strong sense of caring towards
the earth, illustrated when they formed numerous organizations to protect
"God's sacred land" (this is when the environmental crisis mounted).
The Eastern religions tend to stress a oneness of all beings. They mainly focus on trying to unite with all of the beings of creation, and getting rid of "ego's".
There are many indigenous cultures, in them, shamans are wise, holy "doctors". By entering states of consciousness they can access the healing power that is found in nature, through envisioning animals, plants and other beings.
American Indian's myths and ceremonies originally centered around the moon, sun, and different animals. In the wind, rain, and flowers dwelled the Great Spirit. They also believe that the earth was created on the back of a giant turtle, and it is a living thing that must be nurtured.
Those who believe in gods and goddesses believe that some of the gods healed the wounds of the earth in the spirits of both men and women, therefore, the Earth and our physical bodies are one, and they require the same care. Would we really pollute and trash our body the way we do to our earth?
The Artistry Found in Nature
Nature provides us with many things, one
of them is it's undeniable beauty. Whether it be the vivid colors from
the changing of the seasons, the irredescant glow from the plumage of a
flock of birds, the glory and the precision of a snowflake, or a single
glistening flower- rising up from a crack in an arid wasteland.
One of the figures which plainly goes unnoticed in nature is the circular pattern which everything is somehow involved in. This quote by an American Indian shows that they discovered this pattern long before we did.
|"Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the Earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars, The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round, Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to have our children."|
|Quote by Black Elk Speaks|
|Did you hear the story about the peacock?|
|Answer: Too bad, it's a beautiful tale (tail).|