I will take this blog post to thank David Icke for his devotion to humanity through his book Heal the World: A Do-It Yourself Guide to Human & Planetary Change. I felt his energy fly off the page and fill me with little hope. His advice to ask our highers selves how we can be of service to the good of humanity was pivotal for me. He said a few things that really made an impact on me:
“THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR…step out of your closet of fear, lift your head high, and speak your truth to the world. Then freedom will be yours.”
I am trying to release myself from fear, but it’s a daily effort. I am still afraid of what others think (and deathly afraid of making the wrong choices), but my recent life trauma has broken me through some of that. I can post controversial stuff on my Facebook profile, as trivial as that sounds. Next steps is posting what I really think. I want the world to know and Facebook is a good platform from which to jump.
“The answers to environmental decline will not come by persuading politicians and industrialists that urgent and fundamental changes are required. Industrialists are under pressure from others to increase production and profits because that is what the system insists of them.”
He goes on to say that social initiatives such as the green movement are problematic because they become ends unto themselves. I have experienced this in my university’s sustainability committee. After attending several meetings and eventually setting up a web site, I still felt I wasn’t doing anything except spouting my opinion at the monthly meeting while eating a vegan sandwich. An end unto itself. I realised the problem stems from us trying to make bottom-up change through conventional, top-down culture. My fellow committee members organised an excellent strategic plan, but it’s been delayed because people at the top think it should be authored by a professor, not a committee. As urgent as it to save the planet, we’re still hem-hawing around with discussion on who should author a plan for change. Sustainability is one of our core values..maybe we should rename it to ‘endless discussion about sustainability’. Why is saving the planet so….out of reach? I have a few ideas.
We don’t feel Earth’s pain.
Most of us intellectually understand that saving the planet is a must if we want to be around for much longer, but most of us are making only feeble attempts to rectify the problem. We can’t save our planet unless we make a deep change in our mentality, en mass, and that is tough to do when life feels peachy from where we’re standing. We don’t feel that the world is ending so can’t we just do it tomorrow? We’re not going to really save the planet (or ourselves) as long as we are living fully within the system that protects to the death our bad habits of consumption and ego-entertainment.
We are lambs slowly leading ourselves to our own slaughter. I think there will be a handful of truly brave people (scientists, revolutionaries) that will do the most good for the rest of us until it becomes uncomfortable to continue our lives as we do. Then and only then will we truly make change.
I still needlessly buy plastic bottles because Vitamin Water just sounds good after work. I recycle…sometimes. I buy clothes and ignore the label because it was such a good deal. I read books and watch documentaries on how our planet is dying and get all teary-eyed, but then I go get a bag of processed chips from the kitchen and watch my favourite vampire series, True Blood. I don’t FEEL the pain of Mother Earth because I’ve planted myself in a concrete jungle where everything is packaged and processed for my convenience. That, and my upbringing never valued any sort of intuition with nature. I can’t hear her voice above my own self-obsessed existence. And I’m a conscientious person, by most standards.
I have book serving as a dust collector called Why Aren’t We Saving the Planet: A Psychologists Perspective . I’m going to read this book. Starting tonight.
We don’t know how to create real change within a system of power that doesn’t want change.
Fighting giant corporations seems a daunting and rather impossible task for a wee person of normal status. However, I recently made the wise decision to become certified in Permaculture, a revolutionary (and ancient) way of cultivating the land so that we don’t ravage it. Bill Mollins, an Australian that made this concept wide-spread, founded a research institution that is literally turning patches of African desert into fruit forests. This is the comman man making such a huge impact that it doesn’t even register mainstream. This is the type of change we need, and I’m happy to be a part of it. Now if I could just figure out how to insert this practice into the city….getting there.
Being a super hero for the planet doesn’t always make you popular.
Being an advocate for the planet means that you have to make your own life uncomfortable, and that includes making the lives of your loved ones also uncomfortable. It’s a delicate balance. For example, I told my mom that she should not buy conventionally processed meat because it’s a terrible existence for animals, and she replied that organic meat is too expensive. So I said eat less meat and then she could afford it. We kind of changed the subject at that point. I would also like to tell my sister that plastic diapers are a true horror for our planet, but I am afraid she would just smile and kind of roll her eyes at her bleeding heart sister. She’s got a day-care to run and cloth diapers, well, that’s just difficult to manage. This reaction is only my guess, though. My sister could be totally open to it, but I’m to afraid to bring it up!
Writing all of this has given me inspiration to at least make a short list of things I can do. I shall keep you updated on my progress.
- Look at the labels of the clothing I buy. Do research and find out what is sustainable and what is ethical.
- Stop with the plastic bottles already, and that goes for coffee to go. Stupid and pointless. In desperate moments, ok. DESPERATE moments.
- Find a way of bringing permaculture into my urban life (more than taking a course)
- Continue to be loud about things we should be concerned about.
- Blog about Earth once a week.