We are making incredible discoveries from observing nature every day. Just recently, scientists recorded two dolphins having a conversation for the first time. Amazing!
For all the inspiration and love we feel for our fellow inhabitants, the 2016 ‘State of Nature’ report published today tells us the tragedy that 1 in 10 UK wildlife species faces extinction. There are birds, insects and animals we have seen in our lifetimes that we will never be able to show our children.
Intensive farming is one of the major causes of this damage. What we put on our plates shapes the habitats we leave for wildlife. And while the governments we elect can have a powerful role in shaping this, they either fail to act or don’t know how to stand up to the powerful forces of big food companies.
I’m discovering Wendell Berry’s writings where he was describing with great clarity over 40 years ago the contradictions we live with; the gap between what we think or say and what we do. Living undestructively in an economy that is overwhelmingly destructive often feels impossible and we are by no means divided into saints and sinners. But with every step taken towards a lighter footprint, a deeper understanding of our ecological interactions and turning our backs from a highly consumptive and individualistic lifestyle, we can feel more liberated, more resourceful and more connected. I’m definitely far from there, but working on it and I reckon it’s worth it, even if things are looking really bad.
Photo credit: “The Encounter” by Rene Mensen