Monday, 14 September 2020

Out there.....

On a bright and sunny day or one by cozy fire, its easy not to see or hear the suffering and devastation that is out there.

Beyond our safe bubble, out of sight, out of mind

Lives lost, extinction for some, hearts broken. They do not touch us, we are blind and deaf to their cries.

Our minds consumed with wanting ‘stuff’, new gadgets, new clothes, the latest plastic offering, food to live, buying more than we need or will use, leaving traces of our over indulgence scattered 

across countryside and shore. 

Throwing what could feed a starving family for weeks

into the bin and feeling smug we have re-cycled and done our bit. 

Passing our waste to others by ship across oceans, passing it on and out of sight where it does untold damage to another enviroment and not ours.

Becoming tearful and angry to see another species disappear or the cruelty of man stripping the land of its resources for our own needs and destroying the needs of nature and the lives that depend on those lands.

Crying with remorse as another dolphin or whale corpse lies on the beach washed up and wondering why that happens. Not realising we are to blame or preferring to ignore the fact we are the cause.

Gasping with excitement at the beauty of rare plants or rare creatures shutting out the fact that they will also soon vanish from our world because of our actions.

We can all cry, we can all become angry, we can all say but there’s only me what can I do? 

If we only do just one thing, one small change, all those small things together may change our world, save our planet, slow down and maybe stop extinctions. 

We are all responsible, not one of us can say it’s nothing to do with me, I can’t help it. 

We all have things in our lives we need to change from throwing an unwanted wrapper to the ground or deciding not to buy plastic wrapped goods.

We can all speak out. It’s not embarrassing to be an eco warrior on your own. It’s a brave thing to stand up for your world and all those souls that share it. 

Because if we don’t, there will be nothing out there, not even us. We need to take responsibility, accept we are to blame, DO something however small. 

Before it’s too late. 

Before there is nothing left ‘out there’.