Our planet is in peril, and we along with it. If the ecosystem collapses as some scientists predict, we humans will be the first to perish. Just turning off the electricity brings us to our knees. While awaiting our Eco-Armageddon, we bandy around many solutions, some during conversations at our heavily laden dinner tables. According to the pleas of vegans and vegetarians, one solution lurks in the very food upon our tables: By being vegetarian, not only do we spare the lives of farm animals, we also save the world!
It is a beautiful, picture-perfect morning off the west coast of Ireland as we leave the picturesque harbor to spend the day out on the Atlantic Ocean. As our boat nears the water we shout in unison, “Dolphins!”
While many socio-ecologic problems worsened over the last thirty years, an ever higher percentage of the Earth's 6.6 billion inhabitants are waking up to the need to transform our ways of living, go truly green, make peace with ourselves and end the war on Terra. This beautiful, living Earth needs each of us to consciously contribute to personal and planetary healing. You are needed, invited and welcomed to play a part in healing and restoring the Earth to a state of health and vibrance. I offer the following perspective after 30 years of replenishing soils, planting gardens and orchards and teaching about the health of the biosphere.
There is no doubt that we stand at a cross road of evolution for the human being. Many of us have raised our heads above the smoke-filled atmosphere and started to dream beyond our current conditions. There seems to be decay in every part of our environment, yet there is an optimistic feeling among millions of the human inhabitants of our globe. Long before there was a Greenpeace, the physician, Hippocrates said: "That without careful use of our natural resources, there will be an end to life as we know it".