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Reconnection with Mother Nature

We mature through time and experiences, forests grow with ample resources; we live our life in cycles—to wake in the morning and rest through the night, nature regulates itself through cycles—water shifts between different states as it circulates the world; we are rich in a wide array of cultures, beliefs, values, and abilities, and strengthen as a society when embracing it, nature is rich in a plethora of different species, its biodiversity vital to building the resilience of an ecosystem. The patterns within the lives of humans mirror those in nature, echoing the fact that humans are intrinsically part of nature.

 

Humans are a branch of the greater complex of nature, yet we often live so disconnected from the natural world. Our idea of nature as separate from ourselves fosters the perpetual need for more, and with no sense of contentment, we continue to chase these ideals in a world with finite resources. Consequently, humanity is in the thick of an environmental crisis—nature is crying for help. No longer can we stay removed from the dire state of our planet. We are in part nature, and nature is in part us, so it is our duty to reciprocate and nurture nature as it has us since the beginning of the human race. Thus, healing nature will ultimately heal us.

 

When I vision a sustainable world, I see one of harmony between people and nature. People will live amongst a plethora of greenery, and as trees and plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere, no longer will there be smog-filled skies, but rather, the clear and crisp scent of nature. In this world, the power of nature is harnessed, where clean and renewable energy is generated from the sun’s ardent rays, and fossil fuels are a thing of the past. But this vision can only materialize through global commitment. There needs to be a collective effort towards a common objective, and that begins with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Goals, which urges collaboration towards welfare for not just all humanity, but also the planet. These goals are built on five pillars: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnerships—an integrated framework that emphasizes the need for a holistic approach, recognizing the interdependence of humans and nature. Moreover, the UN’s 2030 agenda also advocates the concept of “leaving no one behind,” ensuring that the benefits of development are shared impartially, protecting marginalized communities from being disproportionately affected by environmental degradation. The UN’s 2030 Agenda, therefore, stresses the need for collective action in pursuit of a harmonious relationship between people and the natural world.

 

As individuals, the first step to reconnecting with nature and healing comes from within. We must recognize our fundamental ties to the natural world, and also the responsibility we each hold in healing the planet. Furthermore, amid the sense of defeat that the state of the environment may bring, it is also equally critical that people remain hopeful for the future, and understand that their efforts will have an effect in the course of time. In fact, it is with such optimism that individuals can come together and exist in relationality not just to nature but to one another, collectively compounding their positive impact. At the personal level, we hold power in our advocacy for climate action, whether this be from conserving our energy consumption, recycling waste, choosing sustainable modes of transportation, and prioritizing ethical consumption. Accordingly, the opening of discussions in regards to the state of the planet and how change can be enacted is vastly important. 

 

Humans, at the very core of our beings, are extensions of nature, and our intertwined relationship with the natural world means that it is our responsibility to heal the planetary sickness caused by years of disconnection. By taking action and seeking a sustainable future, we can thereby reawaken a link to Mother Nature.

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