This is what we have done to the earth we live on: created irreversible damage. Most of us contribute to this every day. In the homes we heat and cool. In the cars we drive. In the food we buy. We have become a generation of people who refuse to give up the convenience of our lifestyles despite the severity of the problem we have collectively created.
In the estimation of Caltech chemist Nate Lewis: “If the world stopped burning fossil fuel cold turkey, it would take 10,000 years for the atmosphere to return to its pre-industrial composition. The oceans, also undergoing a chemical change, will take even longer to reverse.”
We have been advised that the measures necessary to rectify this are drastic and needed immediately. Yet the political line has already been drawn in the proverbial sand and solutions will inevitably be dragged out and watered down.
Perhaps we adults are resigned to the changes that our environment is presenting us, adapting as we have to the severity of the storms, droughts and temperature changes; but do we really care that little about our kids?
It is an enormous problem. One that can make you feel helpless in the face of it all. Yet we cannot scroll over this or look the other way, ears covered, eyes closed saying: nah-nah-nah-nah-nah out loud to block out the sounds of those trying to get our attention. Nor can we allow the intelligence we do have to be diluted by political banter and posturing. There is no effective baby-step for irreversible damage. Irreversible damage requires much more commitment.
Each of us can make a difference starting now, today. First in your personal lives by lessening your carbon footprint, then by adding your voice to the individuals around you and finally by demanding that the right actions are taken by our leaders. Here’s how:
We have a leader who wants to act. Do what you can, too. Do it for your children. Do it for their children. Do it because while we were looking the other way, the damage we created became irreversible.
Early on in my personal spiritual journey, I went through a phase of watching and reading stories of NDE’s or near death experiences. It was an integral part of shedding my ingrained catholic beliefs of heaven and hell and life ending at death.
This led me to the work of Dr. Michael Newton (Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives), which quite literally blew my mind and made me eager to experience my own past life regression; which I later did with the fabulous Nancy Hajek right here in Nashville.
In the forward to Frank Ostaskeski’s beautiful book, The Five Invitations* is this quote by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.:
Chances are until you have experienced that one great loss, this will read to you as more ominous than catalytic. Like grief itself, these types of statements can’t fully be absorbed and understood until you experience them yourself.
We can get attached to who we think we are. We can be downright stubborn about it. Our identity seamlessly and completely intertwined with what we do. What we do becomes what we are. But what if what we do is taken away from us in the blink of an eye? Who are we then?
In the words of Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu: