Why we fight for the living world: it’s about love, and it’s time we said so

June 24, 2015 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

I have asked meetings of green-minded people to raise their hands if they became defenders of nature because they were worried about the state of their bank accounts. Never has one hand appeared. Yet I see the same people base their appeal to others on the argument that they will lose money if we don’t protect the natural world.

Such claims are factual, but they are also dishonest: we pretend that this is what animates us, when in most cases it does not. The reality is that we care because we love. Nature appealed to our hearts, when we were children, long before it appealed to our heads, let alone our pockets. Yet we seem to believe we can persuade people to change their lives through the cold, mechanical power of reason, supported by statistics.

In his beautiful book The Moth Snowstorm, Michael McCarthy suggests that a capacity to love the natural world, rather than merely to exist within it, might be a uniquely human trait. When we are close to nature, we sometimes find ourselves, as Christians put it, surprised by joy: “A happiness with an overtone of something more, which we might term an elevated or, indeed, a spiritual quality.”

Acknowledging our love for the living world does something that a library full of papers on sustainable development and ecosystem services cannot: it engages the imagination as well as the intellect. It inspires belief; and this is essential to the lasting success of any movement.

For the full article, please click HERE.

Also…

For an updated analysis of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si (Praise Be), On the Care of Our Common Home,” please click here for article on CBC News.


 

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How to Face The Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy? Wednesday, June 24, 6:30-8:00 pm, Cornwall Public Library. Inaugural open gathering of the Inner Transition Group. A short video clip, followed by discussion. All are welcome!

 


 

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