Dear Homo Sapiens,
As you mark off another “Earth Day” in your calendars, content that for at least 24 hours I remained in your thoughts, I wanted to remind you that I am sick.
I wasn’t just ‘Off sick’ on 22nd April, as so many of you took time to remember; but I have an ongoing illness which is getting worse year by year, week by week, day by day and hour by hour.
I’m frightened, that unless I receive the appropriate medicine and care I need soon, my illness will become terminal and beyond all cures.
So, I am asking for your help!
Geologists estimate that I have been in existence for 4.5 million years. For the most part , given the odd ice age or two, I have been flourishing and in equilibrium with my inhabitants. Current estimates show that I have given a home to approximately 8.7 million different species and I am proud that you want to live with me.
Currently over 7.4 billion of my inhabitants are one species in particular, you, or Homo Sapiens to be more precise. In millennia gone by, we lived in harmony with one another. Your ancestors would take only what they needed from me and in return nurture and protect my fragile environment. They learnt the medicinal properties of my flora and fauna, the abundance of the food I grew and the restorative power of spending time connecting with me.
Like a proud parent, I have watched in awe as you evolved in abilities and intellect. You have travelled to outer space, you have developed medical cures for the most troublesome illnesses, you have built great cities and mastered technology…
But at what cost?
Did I do something to displease you? Was there a point in our mutual history where you decided that we were no longer equals? Am I only now a commodity to you? Have you forsaken me?
I hear whispered words in corridors of ‘Greed‘, ‘Human domination‘ and ‘Ego.’ That your culture of consumerism and competitiveness have led you to neglect the place you all call home.
Surely this cannot be the case? Why would you destroy my forests when they are the lungs that allow you to breathe? Why would you pollute my rivers and oceans with poisons that eradicate your food source? Why would you pump noxious fumes into our environment, causing me to heat up? Surely you would not do this intentionally, it would make no sense?
I don’t wish to believe that you have become greedier and self obsessive. I like to think that you have temporarily lost your way, as other species have before you. I have faith that like a troublesome teenager, you just need the opportunity to return home and visit for a while.
There are many of you whom I have seen do just this. You have begin to recycle and reuse the waste you consume, Look at alternative methods of sustainable energy and ‘Rethink’ the complex and interwoven relationship we have always had.
If you are not one of these people yet, then I would encourage you to be mindful of me. Take time to sit on the grass and bring in my warming spirit. Spend time in nature, surrounded by my abundant gifts. Take your shoes and socks off and walk around on the bare grass during your lunch break.
Connect ,and most importantly “Come Home!”
Your friend, always