Day 3 went like smooth sailing. I had overnight oats for breakfast with liverwurst toast and juice, for lunch I had a zucchini and carrot soup while dinner consisted of stuffed eggplants with rice. I should’ve mentioned it earlier maybe but I’m in the process of moving and have surges of stress even though I, as of today, have packed most things. I guess it’s the clutter that results from having a bunch of boxes, bags etc. everywhere that contributes to the feeling of being overwhelmed. On top of everything I have an acceptance celebration and a wedding to attend in two days (how the hell did I get here?). I miss my slow mornings with meditation, yoga and reading insightful quotes. But…this too shall pass.
Throughout the day my thoughts kept wandering to the rainforests of the world. See the day after I’d published the post about my 30 day veggie challenge, a video on”kenyans.eu” (YouTube) showed that actually the amount of forests fires in the southern regions of Africa actually exceeds that in Brazil. According to BBC “Angola and DR Congo ‘have more blazes” (klick on BBC for more info). Having ranked the amount of forest fires by country, Brazil ended up as number four on the list. For me this was yet another example of how biased the Swedish (and western media) can be in terms of news reporting outside of the country or Europe. But that wasn’t what made my stomach tighten. Looking at the list and the map outlining the fires the thought that crossed my mind was, this greed has really gone out of hand, and what do we need to do apart from signing petitions and demonstrating to reverse this?
Do people see the relationship between social-ecological conditions that creates this? What I mean is that, on one hand we have companies that want to continue making profit and on the other hand, countries and people for whom it is necessary to improve their socio-economic situations. We tend to look at our localities as isolated islands when many more of us need to realise that we live on one giant blue island, where everything that happens in one corner of that island is going to have consequences on the whole island. I feel a sense of despair and don’t really know how to act. It will sound narcissistic, but I feel so responsible for this even though I know that we are billions of people responsible for the situation where in. What’s worse is that many have very little to do with it or have had the opportunity to pursue a less destructive path (that wouldn’t have led to this).
By now I may have saved an entire animal, but it feels like one drop of water in a dried-up ocean floor. Much more is needed to restore it to its original condition.
Stay safe and take care of our blue island!