Right off the bat, I want to say I’m sorry to all my readers for being relatively quiet this month. I have an excuse, however: I am now officially back to school, this time pursuing Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Having moved to a new city in which I’m about to spend the next two years of my life, I’m now familiarizing myself with new surroundings, making new acquaintances, and of course, slowly getting in tune with the current ideas and attitudes that occupy the minds of Canadians.
A dying seabird covered in oil. A sea turtle whose body is divided into two halves because of a plastic ring she could not escape from when she was young. A seal whose neck is slowly and painfully being cut in half by a piece of a copper wire that somehow got wrapped around. A sea bay full of toxic waste and a lake filled with dead fish, and other photos that colorfully exhibit what we, humans, are doing to this planet. Our pleasures, convenience, and comfort – the cornerstones of the modern living – do not come out of thin air, and are taking its toll on the planet. Garbage left after making us pleased does not go anywhere, either.
There are a few thoughts that I would like to share with you today.
A lot of cruel things are happening in the world as we speak. Some say, they always did and they will always continue to happen. Perhaps it is true.
But I believe in progress of consciousness and spirit. Nature has given us the brain to develop not only our intelligence, but also our perceiving abilities. We have to teach ourselves and those who will come after us to perceive the surrounding world with sensitiveness and consideration, not just for our precious selves, but for everyone and everything that we share this planet with.
Much respect to Matsumura-san, resident of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture in Japan.
Until March 11th, 2011, he was a 50-year-old rice farmer in fifth generation, living, like his ancestors, in harmony with what mother nature gave him, always making sure she can replenish what he took from her.
When Fukushima nuclear power plant exploded as a consequence of Tohoku earthquake and a subsequent tsunami, the radiation levels in the area reached 17 times its normal amount, and it became obvious that living in the area of Tomioka was too dangerous. The residents were ordered to abandon Tohoku.
In May, 2011, the Japanese government ordered to kill all livestock due to lack of care and food.
Naoto Matsumura did not agree with this.
He returned to live in the deserted village of Tomioka to save those abandoned animals who could still be helped.
In the Golan Heights, a dangerous minefield near the Israel-Syria border provides an unlikely wildlife reserve where wolves are now thriving.
Sad irony of modern times: a minefield, left as a terrifying reminder of the military conflicts in the area, is actually safer for the wolves than the rest of the surrounding territory, both in the southern Golan Heights and its northern parts.
Despite the existing laws which are intended to protect the wildlife, wolves are “hunted, culled and poached across the region”. Legal protection by Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA), in reality, it does not do much except for controlling the population of the wolves by killing them and issuing permits for hunting them everywhere, except for the national parks.
Well-being of wolves’ pack is essential to Golan Heights ecosystem. However, when environmental authorities provide absolutely no educational outreach to explain the absolute necessity of preserving the fragile ecosystem, then it is no wonder than despite the fact that doing so is prohibited by Israeli law, there are cases of poisoning wolves and their pups. Last time it happened just outside the minefield perimeter…
– and wearing a green wristband in support of Itzcuauhtli in his silence strike on “Climate Silence Now!”
Join 11-year old Itzcuauhtli and Earth Guardians in a silent strike for Climate Science. We are invited to devote whatever span of time we choose in order to join Itzcuauhtli in the silence strike to draw attention to worldwide environment and climate issues.
After your time of silence is over, please begin to explain the reasons behind this little symbolic act by directing all those who are interested to: