For millions of years, our planet has been the most generous, if not the most giving among all worlds. It has always provided its inhabitants with everything that the latter has ever needed. Sadly, because of human carelessness brought about by our pursuit for advancement, Mother Nature is under tremendous pressure to maintain the balance of the ecosystem.
Referencing from “The Connection to Other Animals and Caring for Nature” by Joanne Vining:
“Pets are present in 50% of European and North American households… In the US, zoos and aquariums draw more attendance than major league football, basketball, hockey, and baseball combined, and worldwide, 600 million people visit zoos and aquariums each year.”
Additionally, our well-being improves whenever we retreat to the countryside, even for a little while. Health experts would even advise surrounding yourself with natural elements to alleviate anxiety and depression (ecotherapy). There may not be enough scientific explanations for this phenomenon, but somehow, improvements are observed with many mental health patients when medical practitioners include this type of therapy.
Just a little side note, did you know that the earth is the only planet that we did not name after a god? We don’t even know who named it as is. How strange can that be, as it is the only planet to cultivate life? Which, for me, is something meant to do by a heavenly being.
Knowing this brings me to this question – what is our connection to creation? Our forefathers instilled in us that we were in charge and meant to rule over the planet, but we have come to embrace responsibility for it as time passed. Ambiguous as it may seem, it’s a matter of figuring out whether we exist because of them or if they exist because we do.
So how then can we become good stewards of the only home we have among the vastness of the universe?
- Learn about the earth (our home).
Technology allows us to access infinite information about everything. Keep up to date with the latest topics about the natural world. Include your kids along. Whether you read about the unique wildlife experience of Nicki Geigert or subscribe to National Geographic, having enough knowledge about our world makes us better caretakers.
- Volunteer in nature reserves.
If you have spare time, visit a local park or any nearby wildlife sanctuary and have a feel of offering help to conservation. You might even discover a calling and probably join more prominent organizations of a similar vision—the doing and being in the middle of the action give this sense of fulfillment in this purpose. As an added benefit, being near flora and fauna will improve your overall well-being.
- Take care of the soil in your backyard.
That dirt you constantly step on whenever you visit your garden is as important as the pets you keep in your home. It is where the oxygen-givers (plants) of the atmosphere live and nourish. Avoid using pesticides carelessly or anything artificial as much as possible since it can contribute to agricultural consequences, and the effects may even expand to nearby bodies of water.
- Advocate for the preservation of our rainforests and other ecosystems.
How we manage the environment contributes to the shifts and changes to our climate. The existence of tropical woods and savannahs affects weather patterns and the formation of clouds. If we destroy these natural places, we trigger unexpected atmospheric conditions. Did you ever wonder why hurricanes or typhoons seem more destructive than before?
- Visit zoos and farms with your family.
Share your concern for the environment with your kids. Let the youngsters join the bandwagon of taking care of the planet. Expose them to the animal kingdom, and what better way to do it than having them see it with their very own eyes and not just in stories. It’s a great way to bond, and it will help them appreciate nature more in the process. Never limit their education with books or articles.
- Be responsible beach dwellers.
Never throw any waste during our visits to the beach. Many of the destruction of our marine life is contributed significantly by the harmful effects of the trash we recklessly throw. It takes a lifetime to resurrect dead corals.