Human beings must respect Nature, follow its ways and protect it
I came across the term “ecological civilization” when I read an article by Jeremy Lent about the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, proposing the idea of an ecological civilization before his congress. He said: “we, as human beings, must respect nature, follow its ways and protect it”.
Jeremy Lent defines an ecological civilization as: “a civilization based on the sustainable health of interconnected living systems”.
I am heartened when a world leader proposes a change in western humanity’s world view that will lead to the survival of the human race. Sadly, i cannot imagine a Donald Trump proposing such a thing.
While China has recently had a dismal environmental record, Jeremy Lent notes:
“Within a larger historical context, it is not too surprising that this vision of harmony between human and nature should emerge from China. Traditional Chinese culture was founded on a worldview that perceived an intrinsic web of connection between humanity and nature.”
Nature can live without we humans, but humans cannot live without Nature
From the Chinese culture, we can say that humanity’s idea of a sustainable flourishing of our earthly home, Nature, is not new. It has simply been ignored by our western culture. Domination and control of Nature is the westerner’s idea of existence. Yet, Nature operates in a harmony created by interconnection and interdependence that is necessary for life’s critical energy to flow between and through all forms of life. It is this unwillingness of we western humans to accept the physical reality of how Nature operates that could ultimately destroy our race.
Nature will continue to operate as a living system. Nature can live without we humans, but humans cannot live without Nature.
Why Do I Write These Essays?
Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.
If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.
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My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.