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When it's all gone

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“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. – Cree Indian proverb

It's depressing. The thought of a barren world, devoid of the rich smell of early morning, the sea mist or a walk in the woods. But most of all, a planet absent the creatures that give it presence.

At what stage will we all wake up from our obsession with material things? When the whole planet is dead? Trust me, we'll have met our maker long before nature gives up the ghost.

Even if you think that you're done with buying more unnecessary crap, how about the aspects of our life we've come to rely on -- food packaging, endless energy, rubbish disposal and washing our clothes? Chances are you've not given it a moment's thought.

I know it's a depressing message but it's one entirely of our making.

When I consider my own footprint, I can see how it's all about adding...to the destruction of the planet. Even something as innocent as driving to a place of work cause ripples elsewhere.

Please, before it's too late, make a list of those things that have the most impactful effect on the planet, and then ask yourself how many of those give you life. None, I suspect. If that's the case then make a plan to wean yourself off of them as quickly as possible.

Oh, and one other thing, don't think this message easy or simple. It's not. It's anything but. (When you next listen to a leader, politician or friend, ask yourself how much, if any, time they devote to talking about the environment for good or bad.)

An (alleged?) Mayan creation story (told at the beginning of the movie "Apocalyto") ends with a suggestion that human hunger, an unacknowledged spiritual emptiness, is insatiable and interminable. Unless we forsake our hubris and return to our status as an equal among the creatures, we will destroy ourselves and everything else. So the Cree proverb is right on! Imagine nine billion of us suddenly and simultaneously forced to return to subsistence hunting, gathering, and gardening because the "effective demand" for food can no longer be profitably supplied.
I too have thought about living, as a decreasing number of tribes still manage to do, in a native way, i.e. close to the land. However, I'm absolutely certain that for the majority of people they would run a mile at the prospect; but, let's face it, if we did, we wouldn't as is currently the case kill what supports us.
Yes. In the 1970s a few anthropologists thought thAt the First Peoples had a lot to teach us about living well. As Peter Maurin reminded us, there is a big difference between being well and being well off.