Nature, or as some may refer to it, the poetry of the earth is not dead; or so we hope.
When was the last time you sat in a field, amongst the trees, and listened? Was the atmosphere loud; was it the buzzing of the earth or was it cars nearby? Was there a foul human-induced smell or were you eroded by the odor of the heavens?
When was the last time you looked at a tree and thought, ‘yeah, this beauty is going to be here for a while.’? Unfortunately, we don’t all have that privilege, to sit in the embrace of the green Mother knowing she’s thriving with life.
You see, in Lebanon, the green Mother has all sorts of tubes attached; it helps her breath. If you haven’t heard, the garbage crisis had taken a toll on the nation-state’s environmental health: polluting rural areas, killing life on land. In Colombia, the peace accord has been finalized, but there’s an empty hollow patch of deforested land that had fallen victim to the violent conflict that lasted for over half a century. Indonesia has one of the highest ranks for threatened species due to the rapid loss of the country’s biologically wealthy rainforests.
Regardless of where the damage is occurring, or who’s responsible for it, the green Mother remains one; a responsibility of all of us old and young.
In Lebanon, local communities and non-governmental organizations are working on recycling projects, though short-term, to help reduce the effect of the crisis. In Colombia, the government is working on the reform of various policies to decrease deforestation and empower farmers. For the ‘Emerald of the Equator’, the World Wildlife Fund and other partners have worked on projects to conserve and restore and protect areas for endangered species in Indonesia.
So much more can be done, we don’t have to be part of an international organization, be governmental officials or activists to care about the green Mother. We just need to sustain our home. Today young people represent the largest youth population ever, tomorrow, will there be a Mother to nurture the nature that they will reside in? It’s up to them.
Life on land doesn’t just mean animals or plants, it also means humans. How can you join the conversation about the sustaining green Mother? What can you do?