This has been evident in the response of communities, indviduals and organisations to this catastrophe.
Like many of us, I feel deep grief and a sense of anger at this terrible unfolding of events. These unrelenting bushfires that are wiping out billions of animals, an unfathomable amount of land, peoples live and homes. I feel paralysed. However, I will not give up. It has inspired me to consider the choices I make even more carefully.
I have written a piece about this, hopefully there is something in there to inspire you too.
Our planet does not need us, it has never needed us.
It is us that so desperately needs our planet,
depending on her for our survival.
Yet recklessly, selfishly, we destroy her.
Our planet has survived for billions of years,
slowly spinning through space and time.
Through infinite cycles of birth, life and death.
Our lives have been a whisper of time, a heart beat.
Yet we roar.
Desperate to make our mark, marvelling at our cleverness.
Yet not too clever,
we haven’t learned the greatest lesson of all.
To respect our planet, our home.
To work with her, not against her.
To share the many fruits she provides.
Like tiny spoilt children, "I want, it is mine, give me more".
Endless desires, placing our needs above all
in an attempt to fill the void. The emptiness.
When we recognise that we are one,
one with all that is, each of us an expression of the infinite,
there is a shift.
Where we were hollow, we are filled.
There is a comfort.
We are not alone, we are all connected.
Connected to each other and to all that is.
Our oneness is our enduring strength, our power.
The great power of drawing together as community.
We are large, not small.
As one our actions become a reflection of love, kindness and hope.
And we can roar, loud and clear,
to pave a way for a better future.