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Conversant With Nature?

via Daily Prompt: Conversant


One of my favourite places, the main beach at Augusta, clean, pristine, and great for everyone. There are dune protection programs, a series of specified paths, signs about protecting the Sand Pipers who breed there, and also for the possums too. The State govt recently imposed a ban on plastic shopping bags, and the community are supportive of that goal. The problems are few here, mainly the threat of bushfire, or the one or two people who flout the accepted behaviour for using the beach, river, or the forest trails.

I may not be fully conversant with all things environmental science, but I do feel conversant with nature, for me there is a sentience, a relationship with all beings. The result of that sense of relationship is more than just awe for nature, I have a respect for and desire to engage with nature. The interdependent relationships we survive with and thrive on are finely balanced and require care and attention. Any loss is more than just regrettable, it is permanently damaging, and in some cases, cataclysmic. Plastic islands in the ocean, plastic sand (grains of plastic) in the Mediterranean, marine and terrestrial creatures bound or damaged by fabrics, salinity, air pollution, and more, are a major concern.

As we continue to battle human rights and have made sweeping changes in some areas of human rights, it seems that we are not yet conversant with the rights and needs of nature across the world. Time is short, and nature needs us to be conversant with its needs now and its future. The irony is, the UN are in dialogue over space law, especially the treatment of the Mars environ by the Mars One team, yet we haven’t really ironed out a binding agreement on earth that gives nature a voice of its own. Ecuador has already stepped up (in 2014) and shown the way: “We the people assume the authority to conduct and Ethics Tribunal for the Rights of Nature. We will investigate cases of environmental destruction, which violate the rights of nature.” (Prosecutor for the Earth at the first International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Quito, Ecuador, January 2014). A sign of hope.





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The 1966 song Substitute comes to mind, the hapless working class bloke, white or black who was a subsitute or proxy for the real guy, the one who was well off and trendy.

But I’m on a theme at the moment, I can’t let the whole nature thing go. We only have one planet earth, and we can’t proxy that, we can’t substitute nature. The movie Elysium makes a strong point about how technology can help, but not fully resolve our climate change issues. It reduces everything to a manageable scale. Technology is amazing, but it can only work on a micro and not a macro scale. The whole idea of Mars One is fascinating, but yet a limited reality. I wonder if you’ve noted the irony of sending people to Mars to learn to live on a desolate planet?

Proxy or substituting is when we can’t be somewhere, and we send someone else. When our planet can’t be here, who will we send?


When it’s gone, it’s gone, there can be no proxy, there can be no substitute. Instead of substituting we could take up the responsible relational aspect of working with nature and be there.





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