I am one unique being. I am a part of a beautiful and diverse family of living things on a small planet in a vast universe called Earth. I acknowledge that I am only one person but as a part of this fragile system on earth, I have a responsibility. I am a part of […]
I am one unique being. I am a part of a beautiful and diverse family of living things on a small planet in a vast universe called Earth. I acknowledge that I am only one person but as a part of this fragile system on earth, I have a responsibility. I am a part of something bigger than myself. My actions and choices will influence the attitudes and behaviours of others and others will influence me. Therefore I want to surround myself with people who love the person they are, love the planet and all living things and truly acknowledge that our actions directly impact the generations to follow. What values should we be teaching, what message do we want to be passing on to our descendants? “On our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch point in history. What we do with our world right now will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants. It is well within our power to destroy our civilisation, and perhaps our species as well. But, we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet, to enhance enormously our understanding of the universe, and to carry us to the stars.”
– Carl Sagan
(Cosmo’s episode 8 Journeys in Space and Time)
I was fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by nature, kilometres away from the nearest neighbour. It was just my Dad, Mum, sister Jacqueline and I. Eight of my younger years were spent on a certified organic farm. Days were spent exploring the property, climbing trees, observing wildlife, collecting blueberries, swimming in dams and rivers, running through fields, laying under a blanket of stars. Some places we lived we had no TV, my sister and I spentmajority
of our time outdoors. I was taught the importance of biodiversity and sustainability, how Mother Nature has a system that we need to trust and work with not try and control. Witnessing the property we live on transform in abundance when farmed holistically. The air seemed fresher, the water more pure, a diverse range of insects and plants appeared. I learnt that everything had a place; a so-called ‘weed’ was a plant trying to hold together soil that had become weak from over grazing. By observing we could better understand how there really is a circle of life. The health of the soil affects the health of the plants which then affects the health of living things; they all make up and effect this ecological system. Growing up in this environment I have a connection with the land that could never be broken, an unspoken love that would drive me in the days and years to follow my time there. More recently in my life my exposure to different cultures and nationalities has shown me great contrast. I have witnessed the poverty in places such as Dukkha and the extreme wealth in Abu Dhabi and it has made me grow more compassionate. Travelling I saw consumption of stuff has become more important then creating a sense of community, more important than the environment. A disconnection to what we are all a part of, making individuals selfish, greedy and no responsibility held, no action taken, working against instead of together. My past has made me value the following: Integrity, happiness, love of living things and planet, respect, trust, health, connection to nature, freedom, passion, purpose and contribution. I want our descendants to look back at this moment in time and be glad that we woke up. We became about being more not having more. We restored our connection to our place in this diverse system, we rejuvenated what had been destroyed, and we developed compassion for one another and all living things. Communities grew stronger and created a ripple affect so as a race we became stronger and took responsibility for our place in nature. We shared a vision… And created it, a vision that would last forever.
So my vision for Finding Eco is for our current generation to restore a connection with all living things, the planet and our place in it. So the generations to follow us will be inspired, working together to rejuvenate, conserve and protect, to become more ethical and sustainable. With Finding Eco this vision begins with surprisingly simple choices… I wanted to believe that a part of everyone wants to use the present moments to create a better world, I felt a sense of hope that change has been coming, that these predictions on the Mayan calendar were not of the end of the world but were actually predictions of a new way of thinking, an awakening of sorts. Then it happened, hope filled my body and a smile brought to my face as I read the document my aunt Margie handed me, which she said we need to create more awareness of its existence. It’s words inspiring, detailing vision of hope, a call to action for each of us to create, protect, restore, rejuvenate… Reconnect and take responsibility. I was surprised that I had not read this document before as it’s been around since 29th June 2000. So as part of my first blog I’d like to share it with you and encourage you to share it too. A product that’s been a decade in the making, worldwide collaboration of over five thousand people and formally endorsed by the UNESCO and IUCN (World Conservation Union) :
THE EARTH CHARTER!
With love, Amanda Jane Parish Finding Eco Consultant