Happy World Environment Day! This year, it seems an even more important day to celebrate our environment and pledge to clean it up, when the leader of the ‘free world’ seems to have chosen a path away from this. Thankfully, the actions of a nation’s leadership are not always reflective of the vast majority of its people. My #MondayMusings today consists of watching and sharing with you some TED Talk videos connecting to Nature. Be inspired!
‘Connecting People to Nature’, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share. World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5 June.
This year’s host country Canada got to choose the theme and will be at the centre of celebrations around the planet. World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.
This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.[/box]
Connecting to Nature
Nature’s beauty can be fleeting — but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.
You don’t need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature’s finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.
How do you define “nature?” If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris. She urges us to consider a new definition of nature — one that includes not only pristine wilderness but also the untended patches of plants growing in urban spaces — and encourages us to bring our children out to touch and tinker with it, so that one day they might love and protect it.
“ Obviously, survival is important but we weren’t put here just to survive, we were put here to create. What if we could begin to imagine a nature-rich future with new kinds of cities, homes and neighborhoods? New kinds of workplaces? If we don’t aim much higher than sustainability, we’ll never reach it. An experience in nature is super-important in making us mindful of who we are and where we are in the moment.” – Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle
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We don’t deserve the beauty of nature. The least we can do is not damage it.
Thanks for this post. Here in South Africa we’re so conscious of people who destroy nature, especially in the area of endangered species of animals. Lux has it right. We don’t deserve the beauty we’re surrounded with, but Praise God, He keeps on showering us with His bounty.
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I love roaming around among trees and plants .No holiday is ever planned without spending time close to nature .We need to take care if nature like self care itself
Beautiful post that reminds us of nature’s bounty. But the way we are taking things, simply plundering her riches, I think its not long before we invite her fury!
Such a wonderful way to spread awareness. I haven’t checked any of these TED talks. Will do so now. Thanks for sharing, Corinne. 🙂
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Everywhere around us we witness cutting down of tress for the sake of roads widening, underpass and flyover construction and then we wonder what happened to the underground water levels and complain about the ever increasing temperatures. This is the time to get over the greed part. This reminds me of Lorax by Dr Seus.
Have yet to check out the video but I do understand how great it feels when you connect with nature. It brings about a sense of calm and peace and can be rejuvenating. Unfortunately, we are killing the planet slowly.