The word “consciousness” is not just a philosophical, spiritual, “hippie”, or “tree hugger” idea. Consciousness means being aware of something.
“Connections”, “interconnectivity”, “interrelationships”, “links”, and interdependence are all words that describe Nature and life. The idea of everything being connected in Nature is essential because life is defined by the energy that is transported between all living creatures and transformed into useful forms within all living creatures. By understanding the simple idea that everything is interconnected, we also understand why Nature is so complex.
We now understand that the origin of everything in the Universe begins with the atoms created by the stars. When we look at the night sky, we see our ancestors. From these relatively simple beginnings, our world of Nature has evolved into highly complex interdependent systems such as the bodies of all living creatures, the organization of ecosystems, and the flow, distribution, and transformation of our sun’s energy. In fact our Universe, as we know it, could not exist without everything being connected and interdependent in some way.
A consciousness about interdependence in Nature is essential to the survival of humanity on this earth. If we fail to understand interdependence and how we depend upon other creatures of our Earth, we are unable to define how we humans are able to thrive in Nature. If we fail to be compassionate and conscious about how any of our actions might affect other creatures, we might end up hurting ourselves. This compassionate consciousness requires the humility of stewardship instead of the prevalent arrogant attitude of many humans (and government agencies) who wish to control and manage Nature without understanding the consequences of their actions.
The secret to resolving our environmental crises is to develop a consciousness for the idea of Nature’s interdependent connections. through our young people. Young people have fresh minds. They are unhampered by the biases we develop as we get older. And, they learn and associate through awe and wonder. Many environmental organizations are beginning to realize that sustainability education within our schools is a powerful means to correct the ecological mistakes of the past. Instead of offering the common doomsday approach, environmental education uses stewardship to build a basic consciousness toward interdependency in Nature that will serve as a foundation for sound ecological decisions in the future.
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.