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Love the Place You Live

"The care of the Earth is our most ancient and our most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster it's renewal is our only hope."

Wendell Berry

I have long believed that it is our connection and relationship with all living things that either enhances or destroys our sense of wellbeing. The interdependence that exists between humans, plants and animals has been honoured and respected throughout time, however we have sadly seen a huge disconnect over recent generations. When we feel disconnected, we lack the appropriate sense of gratitude, care and responsibility for our environment and when our Earth suffers, we all suffer.

In week 4 of my Catalyst Kinect challenge, I turned my attention even more to the magnificence and simple beauty of my natural environment. I enjoyed walks along lakeside beaches, found smooth, cool stones in rivers, watched a busy little echidna search for his lunch of ants and bugs, sat under trees of sleeping koalas, listened to the delight of my children as they went fishing and gave thanks for the forest that gifts us with fresh air, shady walking paths and space to release when the day is done. As much as I love and appreciate natures goodness, there are certainly times that I have taken this for granted; when I have not been as thoughtful as I could and have not taken action to protect our environment.

With this in mind, I would like to honour the work of the Australian Conservation Foundation who work tirelessly to reconnect people with our precious land, and in doing so, inspire greater levels of awareness, care and positive responsibility. Their work is based on the knowledge of the essential web of life- the understanding that the health and vibrancy of our people is dependent upon the health and vibrancy of our planet. The ACF has a number of campaigns which are easy to get involved in. From signing petitions to attending protests, writing letters and educating ourselves on the challenges that face our land, we can ALL do something to make our world even more beautiful than it currently is. In week four I signed the petition to stop the Adani Coal Mine and save our Great Barrier Reef and sent a letter expressing my concern about deforestation. There is much more for me to do. I encourage you to join the Australian Conservation Foundation (or the equivalent in your country), sign up to receive informative emails or follow their facebook page and make a donation if you can, so that their work may continue for decades to come. They are a wealth of information and provide important insight into the benefits of clean energy, a nuclear free future, strong laws that protect our animals and environment and how to have inspired, meaningful conversations about creating change. In addition to this, I also encourage you to get outside and soak in the sun, water, mountains and beaches, notice the bugs and butterflies, the wind in your hair, sand between your toes, be grateful for the food that you eat which the Earth has grown so generously. We are so incredibly lucky and it is up to us to nurture this world we live in.

"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." Robert Swan


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