Traditional Pagan and shamanistic societies knew how to look after the Earth and understood that people are an integral part of our home planet. They used the word 'god' or 'gods' to refer to natural processes like sun, moon, wind, storm and fertility. To them God was the soul of the universe just as the universe is the body of God. There was no separation, all were one. Earth was our mother and our goddess.
Then came along the Abrahamic religions with their teaching that God had given us dominion over the beasts of the field and the fish of the sea. Suddenly we suffered the illusion of being in charge, separate and aloof.
Fortunately we didn't have the technology to do too much damage for a very long time. Then came the industrial revolution and it was all down hill from there for our environment.
Its true that some religious teachers preached that there is a sacred trust between humankind and God under which we accept a duty of stewardship for the Earth but that message fell on deaf ears more often than not where there was money to be made.
More often, in recent decades at least, humanists and atheists have taken up the conservation cause on moral and ethical grounds. Add to them the groundswell of people joining the Pagan revival movement and we have, at long last, a formidable opposition to those eager to trash our planet for profit.
Of course we don't have to return to mud huts to save the environment. We can and should continue to progress technologically and scienetificely. That is our destiny but we must strive for a genuinely sustainable form of development. In order to achieve that our industrialists and scientists will have to rediscover a sense of the sacred in our dealings with the natural world. They will have to remember that She is our mother and our goddess.
An understanding of the sacredness of Mother Earth will help us stay in balance and harmony with the rest of the natural world . It will enable us to set limits on our ambitions and set parameters for sustainable development.
In some cases nature's limits are well understood at the rational, scientific level. For example, we know that trying to graze too many goats on a hillside will prevent the regeneration of vegetation and in arid conditions can lead to desertification. We understand that the overuse of insecticides or antibiotics leads to problems of resistance and we are slowly beginning to wake up to the full, awful consequences of pumping too much carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. And we are on the verge of discovering the consequences of allowing GMO crops to cross-pollinate with traditional cultivars.
Scientists tend to side with the environmentalists on these issues but their voices are small while those of multinational corporation are loud. Oil companies, agribusiness giants and Monsanto and the Rothschild run central banks that finance them are like an express train without brakes. They are perfectly willing and able to commission their own research anyway, thus ensuring they get the findings that they want.
Even when there is overwhelming public opposition to an environmentally damaging project, such as with fracking for example, governments more often than not will side with the money, not the people.
It often seems that when we do have scientific evidence that we are damaging our environment we still aren't willing to do enough to put things right.
Public decision makers will often take back handers from the corporations to nod proposals through. Where that is too controversial they will sit on their hand and do nothing. Commissioning another study is an oft used technique to kick difficult issues into the long grass.
We must move away from the attitude that nature is just a system that can be engineered for our own convenience. She is a living being, Gaia, our mother, our goddess. She is far more than just a nuisance to be evaded, manipulated, and exploited by technology and human ingenuity.
We really do need to show more respect for the genius of our Mother Earth. Her processes and feedback loops have been rigorously tested and refined over millions of years. We can work with Her, in an attitude of love and respect, or we can work against her. Its our choice but I will tell you one thing. If we insist on working against her, SHE WILL WIN !
So let's not go there. Let's mend our ways. Let's build our Utopia. We will have to start small.
If you are not already doing so, please consider starting to grow your own organic food.
If you are not already doing so, please consider starting to walk or cycle to work.
If you are not already doing so, please consider starting to buy locally produced goods. Buy your food from the farmers' market not the supermarket. If you really do need a car, buy one that was built in the came country you are living in. Same with televisions, white goods, and everything else you purchase. As far as possible, support your own countries' manufacturers. Where you can, go even more local than that. Buy from your own county, town or village. That's the only way to beat the globalists who want to destroy our home planet. for their profit.
Be excellent to each-other
Founder of the Towards Utopia Movement