“It will be a lonelier place relative to our natural world.”
This quote -- by Robert Watson, chairman of a study team at an intergovernmental agency reporting that animals and plants are in decline across the globe – was published in the bottom left hand corner of page D2 of the Tuesday, March 27, 2018 New York Times.
Such a tiny news item. So small, many people probably didn’t even see it.
Everyone should see it. Everyone should think about it. Everyone should do something to reverse the trend.
Save a tree. Or a river. Or a tortoise. Or even a stray cat.
We need them.
When our lives are wrapped in plastic and electronic images, we cannot breathe. At least our souls can’t. I know I can’t.
I need crocuses and rain and the Norway maple in front of my house and Herbie my cat. I need the mountains to the west of me and the ocean far to the east (and south). I need the remaining (if shrinking) glaciers and the tropical rain forest. Even just to know they are there.
Each of them sustains us. Not just by providing oxygen or beauty. But also expanding our understanding of reality.
Amen and amen.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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