Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Calling Captain Planet...

"The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage this community is to diminish our own existence."
~ Thomas Berry

There are things that hurt my heart... one of them - a major one - is the destruction of our natural environment. I don't understand how people can damage and destroy the planet... It's a whole big WHY to me...

I live in Trinidad (Trinidad & Tobago, WI)... it's a fabulous Caribbean country that I no longer recognise. Over the past 20 years or so we've morphed from a lush tropical paradise into ... a somewhat industrialised nation.

It's incomprehensible. Why turn arable land into roads & buildings & then have to import food? Why damage the mangroves, forests and swamps to build ports and smelters and who knows what else. Why so much quarrying? Why? Added to that why - after destroying all the natural mechanisms that would prevent floods, fires and other similar disasters - would people then start to wonder about what's going on? 

I'm an online activist... I sign petitions for Greenpeace and Avaaz and others that promote protection of the environment worldwide. It makes me feel helpless that in my own country I can't do much. Is it that I can't do much? I shall investigate to see what I can do... in the meantime ... I wish people would wake up. 


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