Who loves this Planet? A bit of a strange question, seeing that it is the only habitable one the we know of within 20 light years. However, I declare that I do love my planet.
I believe that as Burt Bacharach wrote “What the world needs now, is love sweet love”! Yes, really, love! Not in the physical sense, but in the community sense. Things like pride of place, which is a sense of community love or to put it in a better way, pride of where you and others around you live.
I have described previously I believe that to live a fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle, you need other like minded people to share the journey with you. It is a lonely place to be in if you attempt to down-shift in isolation or take steps to build a sustainable community without others to help and to share the passion and to bounce ideas off of.
I have found that people who attempt to live this kind of lifestyle, usually are involved in at least one community group, sometimes two or three depending on their interests. This is a great way to meet like minded people, learn new skills and to build long lasting friendships. However, with these connections there comes a greater responsibility to other than self.
You have the needs, desires and well-being of others to contend with. I liken it to an extended family, who care about each other, which I believe leads to a deep sense of belonging. Humans want to belong, otherwise we would not have congregated into hamlets, village, towns, cities or megalopolises over the last 10,000 years.
With these communal structures in place other needs begin to become fulfilled, like security of food, water, shelter and the like. Even in bad times, a tight knit community looks out for one another.
Now, having a strong, and dare I say, loving and caring community is a great goal to strive for and reminds me of the country town I grew up in.
Personally, I for one will not stop caring for my community, the environment, all creatures, and our home, planet Earth. I believe we can create a sustainable and peaceful future together because I truly believe in human nature. We cannot possibly be that stupid to let it all go to rack and ruin?
I know we can show this planet that we love and respect it, and lets start with our very own communities. Group Hug!