17 March 2010

Kuala Lumpur

A combination of fatigue and possible ibuprofen over-dose (wisdom tooth pain! ouch) has left me feeling somewhat numb to the site of what is essentially a landscape containing less biological diversity then a desert eco-system, an endless sea of Palm Oil plantations.

This is the second time I've flown into Kuala Lumpur, and considering the Malaysia peninsular was once home to some of the Earths oldest rainforest communities, it is somewhat challenging to consider the conversion of these forests is still happening at a rapid pace in Borneo and Sumatra.

The 8 hour flight from the Gold Coast to KL was spent reading;

"Hope for animals and their world" 
by Jane Goodall.



nothing could be more apt for me right now.

I really enjoyed this read. thanks for buying me this book, mum !

From the Blurb:

At a time when animal species are becoming extinct on every continent and we are confronted with bad news about the environment nearly every day, Jane Goodall, of the world's most renowned scientists, brings us new hope for the future of the animal kingdom. With the insatiable curiosity and conversational prose that have made her a bestselling author, Goodall - along with Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard and co-author Gail Hudson - reveals fascinating survival stories about formerly endangered species whose populations are now recovering.

Goodall illuminates the heroic efforts of dedicated field biologists and the critical need to protect and restore habitats of these irreplaceable species. At once a celebration of the animal kingdom and a passionate call to arms, Hope for Animals and Their World presents an uplifting, motivating message for the future of animal-human co-existence.

Yes, it was a powerful read.

Jane Goodall is a passionate scientist who clearly has a deep heartfelt connection the natural world. Many of the species in this book were truly on the brink of extinction, without human intervention they would have gone the way of the Dodo's and Dinosaur's. This book exemplifies our potential to be stewards of this Earth, protectors of the natural world and guardians of the Earths animal and plant kingdom.

It is inspiring and uplifting to know that, despite the unfathomable loss of biodiversity on the planet at the present moment, there are seeds of renewal spreading far and wide (perhaps more then we could ever know).

Despite the gloomy predictions by some well-intention environmentalists, the planet is full of these very real and also metaphorical seeds; breaking free of the confines and security of dormancy, sinking their roots deep down into Earth, growing new shoots and opening up to the light of new possibilities.

This why I choose to direct my energy into projects that are pro-actively healing the Earth and our connection to that larger part of ourselves, whilst at the same time balancing this with acknowledging the darkness, the tragic loss of critical habitat and wilderness areas that are truly invaluable ecological service providers for all life on Earth.

"It is better to light a candle 
then to curse the darkness"

Do you feel me ?

If we deny the reality of our collective impact on the biosphere, then we dwell in ignorance, and ultimately live a very shallow and self-centered existence.

Yet, if we constantly criticize the government, or humanity or even ourselves, we remain stuck in inertia, guilt and apathy.

Sometimes that balance is hard to find.

But somewhere in the middle, there is a powerful point (I am on a mission to find that sweet spot) where we can truly engage on 'Being the change we want to see in the world' whilst feeling the pain and hurt that allows us to respond from our heart but not letting it overwhelm and restrict our energies and ability to move forward and consciously create that shift in perspective.

It's like that T.S Elliot quote...

"Teach us to Care
and Teach us
Not to Care
..Teach us
to be Still"



Gemma said...

Paulie, your blog was so thought provoking.. It doesn't seem so long ago that we were there in that airport after being shell shocked by the birds eye view of the palm oil plantations. You must be remembering scenes from 'The Burning Season' aswell - a simple solution in many ways to green the earth..but greed and desperation are such strong forces..as you can plainly see in KL.

Is it all part of the divine plan?

It's just as well that we watched The planet earth series and sat awestruck at the way that the earth and it's kingdoms can completely renew itself..even after catastrophic events..it's just us humans that may come

But will it really be so bad that we may be finally forced
into total unity and complete reliance on Gaia because of our unsustainable ways? I say it's not fair that humans are unjustly decreasing the quality of life that other beings have on earth to put it in simple terms but it's not until we turn to more spiritual ways to solve economic problems that we'll see anything but destruction.

Well, my love, I'm thinking of you and feel your joy and pain as you take the first steps in this journey of service and self discovery.

I love you truly and completely with every atom of my being.

Gem xox

jondy said...

I am looking forward to following your journey and learning along the way. :)


ecodigitography said...

Paulie brother - you are truly an inspiration! An awesome travel buddy, friend and teacher - this journey is one of the most memorable in my years of travels - thankyou! Looking forward to more dirt bike adventures lol