Filed under: Dharma
Is it time for us to stop worrying about life, death, after life, and all the other truths we are seeking, to stop everything we are doing and start listening to a planet under stress? Over the past few weeks, I have noticed a flurry of news articles addressing the state of the planet, and its rapid deterioration. Is the planet trying to reach us, tying to tell us there is a problem, and not everyone is alert and listening?
With our desires and demands of the planet on a fast track, and rate of consumption on the rise, what kinds of pressure are we putting on the planet? How worried should we be? The pictures and evidence are all around us, but we continue to go on with our lives, maybe hoping someone else will fix the problem.
Back in summer of 2004, I was traveling around Alaska, and I was shocked to see how far the glaciers have receded, compared to pictures from a few decades back. I wonder how much more they have receded since then. As the most intelligent species, I feel we need to wake up, and use our intelligence to relieve the stress we have put on this planet.
What’s needed is a global eco-revolution, and the task at hand is not for a few groups of people to perform, but for each and every one of us to take on. Now, is it too late for our actions to have an impact? I don’t know. Will an asteroid strike earth, and wipe us all out by the time we are done cleaning up the planet? I don’t know. But I know this, what is in our control, right now, is the option to clean up a messy room, which we have put off cleaning for a long time.