One of our members, Victoria Cameron, shared this passage from Deepak Chopra. It is powerful enough to deserve front-page attention. While Deepak asks his supporters to continue their support to Collective Creativity, we ask you to continue (or begin) your support towards saving the water table! This is no longer a national problem that you hear about on the news – it is at our doorstep.
“There is a Cree proverb that says, ‘Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.’ The toxic oil spewing into the Gulf is so heartbreaking and massive that the warning of this proverb as it relates to the spill cannot possibly be missed by any one of us. This catastrophe is bringing each of us to our own personal crossroads about environmental stewardship.
Let’s all heed the foretelling of the Cree and become part of the solution. Show that we are aware that organisms and the environment are one process, trees are our lungs, rivers and waters and oceans are our circulation, the earth recycles as our physical body, and the atmosphere is our breath. Let us show in action that we know we are one ecosystem. Let us not let the Earth become uninhabitable.
Many of us, overwhelmed by bad news on the ecological front for more than a decade, may almost by default find ourselves going down the road that allows shutting down and tuning out, passively letting bad go to worse. But let’s change now to a way that leads to personal fulfillment and empowerment. Let’s go down the road of action, following the invigorating, energizing, call to action that this current catastrophe has inspired.
Most of us have a little of both scenarios going on in ourselves. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the grief and complexity. This is why I invite you to continue to contribute to Collective Creativity, our LinkedIn group, to work together to create more proactive solutions and innovations to prevent problems like the Gulf from happening again.” ~Deepak Chopra
While the above quote refers to the Gulf disaster, it speaks to the very heart of what we are grappling with and trying to avoid here in Monroe County. Though our plight may not grab headlines, it has the potential to be just as detrimental (though more insidious) to the overall health and survival of our planet (as we know it) and her inhabitants.