Posted by Environmentalism 101| 18 Aug 2015 |
Humankind has forgotten that we are animals, animals bound by shared common basic needs on which all life on Planet Earth depend. The needs of fresh water, healthy food, a stable environment to exist and the ability to live free without exploitation, cruelty, central control and unnecessary suffering, remind us of our shared interests and the common ecological system services that nurture the existence of all species. We have become separated from our animal origins, believing we are a species subject to different laws and systems. We are inebriated with ideas of progress, power, greed, control and manipulation, blinded to the continued destruction of the ecological systems that sustain our existence. Our self interested and anthropocentric focuses have paved the way for humankind’s determination to break free of all animal origins, regardless of the costs to humankind and other species alike. Humankind has attempted to overcome the perceived constraints of a natural world, seeking to overrule and redefine the laws of nature itself, without realising that the origins we wish to forget and the environment we seek to escape, is our true home and where we will eventually return.
Environmentalism was the necessary movement that was supposed to reunite humankind with our animal and nature origins, reminding us to protect and care for the environment that enables, not only our survival but also the survival of all other species. Environmentalism had the potential to remind us of our animal origins by focusing on the animate aspects of the environment, the life Planet Earth supported, yet instead it became a focus on the inanimate aspects of the environment, the weather patterns and the composition of our atmospheric gases and as a result we show more concern for our carbon footprint over causing the mass extinction of other species. It became a focus on the systems of human interest, paying no regard for other species, unless they provide a function within humankinds anthropocentric systems. In its essence, environmentalism should have focused on establishing cooperation and coexistence with other species in a nature filled environment, not a control or manipulation of species and environment to suit the perceived objectives of humankind. Environmentalism is awash with ineffective efforts, diluted messages, has become a vehicle for corporate interests and continues to maintain the flawed perception that humans are able to live independently from nature and other species.
All species within natural ecosystems manage to maintain relative equilibrium, that is until humans enter the equation and impose methods of manipulation and control, disrupting ecological systems, exterminating other species and remain oblivious to the ramifications of our meddling. Knowing that humans are the broken species, we are to focus on our behavior and our systems, seeking to fulfill a role in nature rather than attempting to control nature. It is time for environmentalism to return to its roots in seeking the primary objective of establishing interdependent coexistence between all species, humans included. We are to explore and question the current issues that promote humankinds separation from nature and what are the underpinning systems that enable such mass destruction of Planet Earth. It is only through understanding the issues and seeking an objective that nurtures the existence of all species, are we then able to establish effective strategies that may improve humankind’s current negative impact on Planet Earth.
A restoration of Planet Earth is nigh impossible as many of the impacts of our prolonged destructive footprints are irreparable and irreversible. Our focus is not a grand restoration, instead it is to solely address humankind’s impact, and eradicate all means of ongoing human induced destruction, whilst seeking viable ways for a coexistence with other species, rather than the current dominance, control and exploitation. Life will forever have its challenges that are unavoidable and by no means is it an attempt at creating a utopic existence where all species happily get along with one another, instead its is an attempt to restore relative ecological balance by questioning and potentially dismantling the anthropocentric systems that maintain centralized oppression, control, destruction, exploitation and unnecessary suffering of other species, through addressing the impacts and behaviour of one single species – humans.