A friend of mine posted an eye-opening video onto her Facebook page about the young environmental activist, Greta Thunberg.
By the end of the day, my friend was feeling sad and angry and didn’t understand why the post didn’t get much, if any, engagement.
It was a serious topic, but the gravity of the content seemingly fell on deaf ears and blind eyes.
I understand her pain about that post not getting any “action” on social media, and I also understand that it can be very hard for people to see and hear what’s happening to the earth and our environment.
There may be many reasons for our disconnection from the environment.
Here’s some insight to consider.
In my 20+ years working closely with people and altering their diet and lifestyle to support their health, I have found some common threads.
The first is that I believe people care more about the environment – the soil, the freshwater, the oceans, the air, and the earth as a whole – when they begin to take better care of their own environment – their physical, emotional and spiritual body.
Healing the planet starts with connecting humans being back to the cycles and seasons of the earth. This is ancient healing wisdom.
We are intimately connected to the earth whether we choose to see it or not.
Our physical body is literally made up of the elements that come from the soil, water, air, vegetation, and animal life.
We are essentially the earth – just a much smaller version.
With that in mind… if someone’s physical body is filled with plastics (phthalates, plasticizers, BPA), they may not notice or care about the plastic around them in the external environment. Including the plastic that washes up on the shore, the plastic that is piled high in the dumping sites, and the plastic that is killing the sea creatures and other animals.
If someone is smoking chemicals and/or vaping, they may not care about the various chemicals being spewed into the air by factories. Those factory chemicals contribute to air pollution, displace oxygen, and are linked to a host of human ailments.
If someone is not fully breathing the air and taking deep calming breaths into their lungs and cells on a daily basis, they may not care that the lungs outside of their body (the trees in the Amazon – that are considered the lungs of our planet) are being cut down and/or burned at an alarming rate (83% higher than last year!).
We cannot live healthfully on the planet without the trees. More on that here: Are you calling me a Tree Hugger?
If someone is drinking beverages that are colored with chemicals and infused with artificial flavor, they may not care that the world’s freshwater supply is dwindling with the melting of the glaciers, and/or being contaminated with mountaintop removal for coal.
For more insight on water read this: Do you know your water? If not, you need to. Here’s Why…
If someone is spending their days with their face stuck inside a little computer screen, they may not be able to see the bigger picture of what’s happening in the environment around them.
And, here’s a biggie… if our own personal emissions that we are putting out into the world, whether they are physical or emotional, are negative and toxic, why would we care about the toxic emissions of big industries and what they are doing to the planet?
Yes, I know that I am generalizing.
But, I also know that when people make a conscious shift toward a healthier diet and lifestyle, and they reconnect back to thier body (physical, emotional & spiritual), they have a tendency to also re-connect more deeply to the planet they are living on: the planet that supports their health and wellness, and ultimately their journey and survival while they are here.
I’m clear that climate change is a normal part of the earth’s natural heating and cooling process. It’s happened before and it will continue to happen in the future. With or without human beings.
But, I’m also very clear that we humans are contributing to an uninhabitable and toxic environment, not only for ourselves but for all of the other creatures that inhabit the earth.
We see the world as we are.
And, right now humans are the most toxic and unsustainable creatures on the planet.
We have been given the amazing gift of life, and we inhabit a human body that is perfectly designed to live that life here on planet earth. Not on Mars, not on the Moon… but on Earth.
I believe cleaning up our environment needs to begin within.
Otherwise, it will continue to fall on deaf ears and blind eyes.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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