Dear One & All,
It’s World Environment Day 2019 on the 5th of June. You know the one, not Earth Day, the other one, yes, or the other other one these days. Yup, the environment is a hot hot topic, finally!
My first real awareness of Earth Day was back in 1990, a truly exciting period in modern history and a key period in raising environmental awareness that has helped shape the platform for todays Millennials & Gen.Z to stand upon and raise their voices. The period between 1987 & 1992 was truly epic, with an unprecedented shift in awareness and an awakening of human power & human potential, the like of which the world had not seen since the late 1960’s but with the added momentum of a few dozen million people more. I myself was one of those millions of peeps realising that we only have ONE EARTH and she is in extreme danger.
Historically the first World Environment Day was held in 1972 and was established by the UN General Assembly on the first day of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. It’s amazing how far we have come in the last 40 years or so just by looking at the name above ;-).
The host country for this year is China and the theme is Air Pollution.
World Environment Day lacks the sexiness of Earth Day & is not as widely celebrated on street level, but is never the less one of the most important days of the year, for how can we live without the environment!? We can certainly live without Easter or any of our public holidays, but never without The Earth. Yet, somehow in the Materialism Paradigm Worldview non of these days are seen as important enough to warrant a day off. I’m still baffled 30 years later! :-0
Imagine a day in the not-too-distant future where Earth Day (April 22nd), or World Soil Day (December 5th), or World Water Day (March 22nd) is a public holiday, and people are incentivised to go out and make a difference. It’s not hard to do. Can you imagine what an impact such a day would have!? Now compare that to most of our public holidaze, not all by any means, but most, and try to relate to the negative impact a day of taking compared to a day of giving has on our natural resources, our shared commons and what effects every human being alive today.
Sadly what most of us do on standard public holidaze is shop till we drop, eat till we are full, consume like there is no tomorrow, or simply do as little as possible so as to recover from our work & hectic lifestyles. Sound familiar?
However, in the emerging & now exponentially growing Consciousness Paradigm Worldview, any of the truly meaningful days worth celebrating for one & all, will not only be a public holiday acknowledged by the vast majority of Homo sapiens but a day to inspire & proactively implement sustainable change. Imagine that, it’s not hard to do.
In the not-too-distant future, our children will be asking us some very hard questions as to what on Earth were we doing when there was a beautiful chance to not only reverse Climate Change but to build a sustainable social economic model that supported the carrying capacity of life on Earth.
Whether this window remains open long enough to go through remains to be seen. On one hand we have severely & rapidly depleting natural resources, our hard capital, and on the other we have an unprecedented mass awakening of awareness & human potential, our soft capital. Which of the two has a greater view?? This is arguably the hardest question to put forwards to any human being worth their weight in salt or water or gold for that matter.
I will close with these words of wisdom for your scrap book or coffee cup: The most radical act of any generation is to become aware.