Do we feel the link between us and everything else on the planet

15 Aug 2019 Do we feel the link between us and everything else on the planet

This week I watched dolphins from a boat in the pristine waters of Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast. 

People were so excited watching the dolphins put on a show, playing around the boat for hours, killing time in between play and feeding on schools of fish. 

It once again raised that question for me. Do humans feel any link between enjoying the natural world, and recognising how we live affects it and all living things?

This is probably the most important link needed and the hardest thing to communicate? As I write this it seems so simple yet somehow missing as common thinking, and probably why it’s so difficult to communicate?

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The vast majority of people love dolphins, whales, beaches, forests, streams, baby cows, ducklings etc etc etc. Then why can we appreciate the cuteness of a baby chicken with our children and then take them to eat chicken nuggets? How can we swim with turtles and then eat our lunch wrapped in cling wrap? Go on holidays to a national park, yet not have a single tree in our own garden? And treat our body like a temple while drinking fluoride free water from plastic bottles?

I don’t know the answer and I’m certainly not saying it’s even possible to be absolutely perfect in every way. 

What I am saying is that if we could somehow be just a little more present and consider (for a few seconds) that what we do has an impact. Faced with that choice, each time could we take the better option? Or a slightly better one?

The "great" Australian dream and holidaying in a bush cabin (a little different)

Not agonising over every single detail which I think can drive others away. Rather each time simply choosing just one little bit better.

We shouldn’t need others to tell us every time, we should simply start acting like we are part of an eco-system. A system that includes us, is not dominated by us, and in fact, we need much more than it needs us. 

Importantly, I think if we could all this we would be so much happier, loving nature rather than chasing stuff. 

Paul Hellier - Founder

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