Respect & Reverence for Our Natural World
Every single shred and ounce and drop of material comfort in our lives comes from the elements of our planet: earth, air, fire, water. The natural world provides us everything we need to survive and thrive. For many people, Nature also provides much-needed spiritual support and joy. On the other hand, who is not awed and terrified by Nature's power as well. We not only take Nature and life for granted easily, we also don't take Nature seriously. To the extent that we have lost our reverence and respect for Nature and for life, we are able to destroy other human beings, other creatures, whole habitats, without remorse or shame or question. We would not exist were it not for other people, other beings and Nature. Many of us have been given to understand that we are separate from Nature. We do not see ourselves in other people. To go on with this remarkable human journey on Earth, we need to recover that deep connection and appreciation for all that is given to us so freely.
The Holy Spirit resides in all things. What we do to the least of these we do unto all, including ourselves. "This we know. The Earth does not belong to Man; Man belongs to the Earth. This we know." "Do unto others as you would have them to unto you." There is our connection. What Christ and Chief Seattle and a host of other wise people know--that we are all connected--is what we all know in our hearts if we look deeply at all that enriches our lives.
Many individuals and many groups are dedicated to the work of restoring, preserving and protecting our natural world. Many are devoted to educating us about how humans impact our natural world and how we can live in more harmony with the ecosystems that support and nourish us. We have noted a few of those many dedicated and effective groups.