The Rainforest has been described as the "Lungs of our Planet" because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest. Other functions include rainfall generation, regional climate regulation, habitat conservation, watershed protection, and soil stabilisation - at local to global scales.
The question we must all ask ourselves now is "How can we meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Fritjof Capra, author of 'The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living' states;
We could use Nature as a model and a mentor, and design societies and communities that are in harmony with the basic principles of organization that Nature has evolved to sustain life. Nature contains ecosystems as sustainable communities; communities of animals, plants, and microorganisms that have evolved over billions of years so as to maximize their long-term survival or sustainability. So, we would have patterned our communities based on the long-term success of these natural communities, which means that we would use solar energy as our main energy source, including wind, biomass, and so on. We would have arranged our industries and our systems of production in such a way that matter cycles continuously, that all materials cycle between producers and consumers. In the nature there is zero waste, as every output is another systems input.
We would grow our food organically, and we would shorten the distance between the farm and the table, which is now thousands of kilometers, by producing food locally. We would also shorten the distance between the home and the workplace, so that we don’t need to use cars to go to work, we can bicycle or we can use public transportation, we can walk to work. All of this would combine to create a world that has dramatically reduced pollution, where climate change has been brought under control, where there would be plenty of jobs, because these various designs are labour-intensive, and as an overall effect there will be no waste, and the quality of life would increase dramatically.
The solutions are endless and nothing new has to be discovered (just a recognition of our connection to the whole). The key is to ACCEPT the current situation and move beyond doubt and fear and into the light of self-empowered Action.
Action could include growing some of your own veggies and fruit trees, Cycling or walking to work, Consuming less and spending more quality time with your loved ones or visiting natural eco-systems to learn from the masters by stepping outside your daily habitual patterns and resting in the presence of your being.
We know that our current way of life is harming the planet and its inhabitants.
Only HOPE and ACTION will remedy this.
For a better future, we each must re-evaluate our own actions and
BE the positive change we want to see in the world.