We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
Although we have the deeds and we have built upon it and settled in permanently on our chunk of the earth, it does not really belong to us. In reality, we exist upon this planet as guests and we should respect our host. That the earth continues to manage to renew itself from season to season in spite of the retched harm that humans impose on it is amazing. We rip into it to gouge out great material wealth. We strip it naked to build our own shelters…shelters that crumble and fall to nothing in the end. We spew vast quantities of toxins upon it and into the atmosphere and wonder why the pollution. We suck the life out of the soil with continuous planting and replanting without giving anything organic and natural back to it. We neglect it, change it, pollute its natural water sources with fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. We mindlessly introduce foreign species into habitats unsuited to defending itself against the intruder. We damage the very source of our own lives in the name of industry, progress and monetary wealth. We are the planet’s most dangerous predator, always on the look out for bigger and better ways to carve our human initials on its dying carcass. This needs to stop. We need to be reminded that this is our Mother Earth the very source of the air we breathe and our nutrition. The time has arrived when all citizens of the planet regardless of where you live to open our eyes, our minds and our hearts to the reparation of and the proper nurturing of our planet. Start small and let the movement of reclaiming the love and respect that we rightly should have for the land grow. Reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible. Get going on a replenish the earth program right on your own land, be it a tiny city patio, a cultivated family yard, a country acre or a vast wilderness parcel. Grow healthy plants and trees using natural compost to replenish it. Eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides on your own property at the very least. There are ways and means of growing organically…do some research. We can all make a difference in our own backyards regardless of the size. Encourage others to join you…make your block as green as green can be organically. Is it more work? Maybe. Is it worth it? Absolutely!!