A LOVE LETTER TO MOTHER EARTH
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March 29, 2016
Dearest Mother Earth,
Re: It’s not you, it’s us
I’ve been thinking a lot about you lately because I am worried about us. Ok, I admit I am terrified about what the future holds for you and by extension, the whole of our human civilization.
I agree that the signs of trouble have been there for some time. But I thought that if I ignored them, I could pretend it didn't exist. After all we still have more sunny days than bad ones.
I remember the first sign something was wrong. At the time, it seemed inconsequential, but in fact it set off a chain of events, from which it appears there is no turning back.
I noticed that where I lived, water levels began to drop and land that was once covered by water, now was left exposed. That was not your fault, but instead the fault of a BC hydro dam that we humans built upstream .
The result was the livelihood of First Nations was dramatically impacted. Hunting and gathering, where we only took what we needed and in turn took great care to give back to you, was a thing of the past. We like to think of ourselves as protectors of you, our Mother Earth. But for the most part, based on our actions, this is just lip service. We have been grossly negligent.
Our relationship changed. It was no longer a reciprocal relationship because our needs, we felt, were greater than yours. Ironically, we called this progress. Honestly, could we have done any differently?
Do I dare mention the “C” word, climate change? The impact of climate change is real. Many remain in denial, still naively believing that climate change is a fabrication. Believe me denial does not mean it does not exist. And you know as well as I that it is inevitable that we are heading to a tipping point and you don’t have to look too far for the signs.
Indeed, with the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, our relationship continues to be impacted. It is changing faster than we can comprehend or prepare for, and more importantly it is changing faster than you can fix what we humans have done.
The process we humans have put in motion is nonlinear, in other words climate change effects climate change in a feedback loop out of our control. And it is cumulative and at some point in time, there will be a breaking point. It will be dramatic and sadly we will be powerless to stop it.
It’s complicated, right? We need you, yet our actions betray that notion. I am sorry it took me this long to notice that our relationship was on the rocks.
I realize our collective actions caused irreparable damage and to talk about reconciliation is almost a moot point at this juncture. But is it too late? Do we still have a chance? What can we do to fix it?
I can’t live without you
PS (PENNED BY HUBBY) might you be working on your own solution to the problem, which is to kill us off and wait for some other and more intelligent beings to appear. I hope it doesn’t come to this, but after what we have done to you I couldn’t really blame you!