photo prompt: https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2018/12/06/reenas-exploration-challenge-66/
Will the world as we know it crumble and fall? Will the archaeologists of some future race stumble upon the ruins of our civilization? Will they then shake their heads and wonder why we did nothing to halt the climate change that brought about our demise?
Lately I’ve been thinking that there are two ways to respond positively to the threat of climate change . One response is the outer response – this where assessing the facts takes place – it is where we petition governments to change their policies and it is where we to make changes in the way we live our lives – where we learn to consumer less, to eat less meat, and to monitor the ways we use electricity in our homes etc.
The second response is the inner one. It here where we shift the way we think about life on Earth and humanity’s place within the ecosphere.
Quite possibly the driving force that will implement real and positive changes in our outer world will come from a shift in consciousness.
We humans tend to think we are at the top of the evolutionary ladder. From that position we assume the right to dominate and exploit nature for our own gain. What we forget is that we are actually part of the natural world. It is the ecosphere of planet Earth that gives us the air we breath, the food we eat and the raw materials we use to create our ever more elaborate lifestyles.
This attitude of superiority hasn’t always motivated humans. Indigenous cultures across the globe live in ways that are in harmony with the environment. Looking at the archaeological evidence of human society before the birth of the city state it’s easy to imagine that once upon a time our ancestors were more in tune with the rhythms of nature. A shift in consciousness would take us to a similar place.
I am not suggesting though that we all go live in caves or herd reindeer. Rather, if our hearts and minds become more tuned into the natural world around us, the way we live on the planet will inevitably change.
With increased awareness of the inter-connectedness of all things the focus of hearts and minds begins to change. We are no longer so fixated on exploiting the Earth and it’s people and animals to satisfy our desires for more money, more stuff, more power etc. We become more interested in working out ways to live in harmony with the natural world.
Opening up to this shift in consciousness can be remarkably easy. It can be as simple as going for a walk in the park and becoming aware of the air quality, the light on the plants and the way being in such environments often creates a more relaxed mood.
Speakers at the climate change conference in Poland are telling us the end is nigh. If we continue down the path we are currently on they will be proven right.
If we shift our consciousness to a more holistic understanding of the world around us and our place in it we will start to change the way we live on the planet. Instead of being the exploiters of the Earth, its animals and disadvantaged people we could become the caretakers.