by Leslie Fieger
The evidence is everywhere. We are faced with an ecological crisis. This crisis is not just a matter of statistics, esthetics or semantics; it is a matter of our very survival. Humanity is facing extinction. It is not some far off scenario. It will happen in this century, unless we do something about it now, something radically different than we are presently doing.
The purpose of this short essay is to provide you with a concise overview of the situation and some ideas about what can be done to work towards a solution. The single most important thing you can do is change the way you think. Your current thinking levels are not working. As the Buddha and countless other philosophers have reminded us, “Your thinking creates your reality. The world you have is a result of your thoughts.” As Einstein reminded us, “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them."
We means you and I, not somebody else. You cannot rely upon government or industry to provide the solution. In most cases, they are either the major perpetrators of the problem or the impediments to the solution. You must be the solution. The first step you must take is to become informed. Then you must take action. Action does not mean sitting at home watching the Discovery channel. It means getting involved. It means changing the way you live your life. It means that you have the opportunity right now to choose survival or extinction. Inaction equates to choosing extinction. Think about that.
Some readers might think that I am being alarmist. The function of an alarm clock is to wake you up. My ‘alarmist’ approach will hopefully do the same. Once you are awake and aware, you can begin to go about doing what is necessary for survival.
Some readers might think that, if the situation really is as bad as I describe, then it is impossible for individuals to actually make any difference. Let me remind you that it is individuals, acting collectively, that have created the problems; and it will be individuals, acting collectively, that will either create the solutions or perpetuate the problems.
It truly is a choice to be a part of the solution or to remain a part of the problem. (It might interest you to know that there are people and organizations that have already decided that you are a part of the problem and the best solution is to get rid of the source of the problem-you, so that they can survive.)
At the most basic level, we need water, food and air to survive. We are busy destroying all three.
1. We are running out of water. UNESCO reports that by 2020, you will have 1/3 less water than you do today and that by 2050, 7 billion people will not have adequate water for survival. "Of all the social and natural crises we humans face, the water crisis is the one that lies at the heart of our survival and that of our planet Earth," reports Koichiro Matsuura, director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Read the World Water Development Report.
Humans put 2 million tons of poisonous waste into our fresh water supplies every day; toxic industrial effluents, sewage, fertilizers and pesticides. What is your share?
We are running out of food. We are in the midst of the largest mass
extinction of life to ever occur on planet Earth. 50 million species are disappearing per year. 1 in 4 mammals now
alive will be extinct within the next 20 years. 90% of the big fish in the oceans have been destroyed in the last 20 years. The U.N.'s Food and
Agricultural Organization reports that 70 percent of the world's fish stocks are suffering from depletion. Some ocean regions are devastated: the
Northwest Pacific around 96 percent depleted, the East Central Atlantic 85 percent, Southwest Atlantic over 80 percent, Northwest Atlantic 68
percent, and most other Atlantic and Pacific waters nearly 50 percent.
3. We are running out of breathable air. Through our burning of fuels, we are transferring carbon from where it has been safely stored in coals, oils, trees, et cetera to our atmosphere in unprecedented amounts. This is not only producing global warming, it is also affecting the ratio of gases that make up our atmosphere. Our ability to breathe is dependent upon this ratio. We are poisoning the very air we breathe and, at the same time decreasing the high atmospheric ozone levels that protect us from excessive ultraviolet light and increasing low atmosphere ozone levels, thereby causing respiratory problems, not just for individuals but for the whole ecosystem.
There are no bystanders. You cannot opt out. You certainly cannot rely upon anyone else to solve things for you. It is up to you, to me, to all of us. We humans are all interconnected; in fact, all of life on planet Earth is interconnected. Every lifestyle choice you make has an impact on the whole web of life and thus, your own very survival.
Every time you choose to eat a burger at a fast food joint, you make the choice to slash and burn the rainforest, which is a choice to pollute the air you breathe and the water you drink (as well as your body) and you make the choice to extinct (murder) a few of your fellow creatures inhabiting this planet. That may seem a little blunt, but it is unavoidably true.
Every time you assist a business to profit through the wanton destruction of the environment by your purchase or use of their products, you make the choice to fund the collapse of your ecosystem rather than the regeneration of it. Every single thing you purchase and consume has ramifications. Wanton and negligent consumption or usage of products that directly or indirectly destroy your environment will soon also destroy you and/or your children. It is a choice you cannot escape through denial.
Every time you empower your government to act in ways injurious to the rest of life, you are first committing murder by proxy and then suicide. Your lack of active participation in politics does not exempt you from the responsibility for the results.
You are at the ultimate choice point: you must either become an activist or become de-activated. All other choices have been used up, invalidated, have become obsolete. Now, your only choice is…will you, too, become obsolete as nature responds to what you have previously chosen.
Will the single largest extinction of life in the entire history of planet Earth include you?
The answer is yes, unless you first transform the way you think and then the things you do.
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Leslie Fieger is the author of The DELFIN Trilogy, (The Initiation, The
Journey and The Quest ),
The Master Key, Alexandra's DragonFire, Awakenings and Your
Prosperity Paradigm. His personal website is
Permission to reprint or republish does not wave any copyright. Leslie Fieger is the author of The DELFIN Trilogy, (The Initiation, The Journey and The Quest ), The Master Key, Alexandra's DragonFire, Awakenings and Your Prosperity Paradigm. His personal website is http://www.lesliefieger.com