David Sanitore is a relative on my hubby’s side of the family. Have yet to have a chance to meet him or this side of the family sadly, hopefully this year we can change that. This is pretty amazing. I have seen and heard of domestic animals used in therapy for vets, autistic, etc. Seeing horses helping to heal is so beautiful. And just more reason to give understanding and compassion to extend to our animal world. To learn more about eguine therapy follow the source: Cause and Effect
The Equus Effect also has programs designed to help people in recovery, women who are comming out of situations they need help transitioning out of and much more. Please stop by and check out the important work they’re doing!
I think back in the 60’s & 70’s the flower children, hippie culture, folk song writers and progressives of the day were protesting about and heralding the dim future we were facing without nature and trees surrounding us.
Never heard it before? You can follow the links above, or just read the lyrics here:
They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot
They took all the trees And put ’em in a tree museum And they charged the people A dollar and a half to seem ’em
No no no Don’t it always seem to go, That you don’t know what you’ve got Til its gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot
Hey farmer farmer Put away the DDT I don’t care about spots on my apples Leave me the birds and the bees Please!
Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Til its gone They paved paradise And put up a parking lot Hey, now they paved paradise To put up a parking lot Why not?
Those are the important part of the lyrics, the rest is here if you want the whole thing. These lines above were a foretelling by the progressive youth of yesterday. Too often that demographic is ignored, or because the thoughts are too progressive for some they are thought to be deviant or absurd. When will we ever learn that often the youth and millennials have a fresh perspective on the state of the future because they are even more invested in it than those who’s years go beyond that demographic?
That’s not to diminish the fact that the experience and wisdom that those over 30 have are important voices to hear too. But hearing the voices of the future of this world is the hearing the road seen without the fear of change. And hey, all of you over 30, change is GOOD, and often very very necessary.
Surrounding myself with nature is often the only place of grounding within a stressful world. Being among the trees I am reminded just how important preservation of places of nature, wildlife and sacred grounds really is. You can’t smell a flower on a computer screen. Sure you can smell artificial flowers anytime you want, but when is the last time you went out knelt down and smelled a flower?
“Scientists have known for some time that increasing temperatures associated with global climate change have a negative effect on plant growth. Expanding on this research, a Hebrew University of Jerusalem PhD student has shown that increases in ambient temperature also lead to a decrease in the production of floral scents.
“Increases in temperature associated with the changing global climate are interfering with plant-pollinator mutualism, an interaction facilitated mainly by floral color and scent,” Alon Can’ani explained in his research.” (quote taken from Science Daily: As temperatures rise, flowers emit less scent)
These things are profoundly sad. The slow but steady destruction of nature seems unimportant to some. But as Joni said “That you don’t know what you’ve got, Til its gone” is prophetic truth in the case of nature and wildlife. Imagining a world where we only know trees, flowers, and wildlife by what we see in a museum is a very bleak thought into our future.
So learn from our past and learn from our mistakes. Listen to our children, the youth of today and tomorrow. It’s their future and their children’s future and so on and so on. Do what you can, what is in your power to help preserve our trees, our wildlife, the streams and oceans, and the very air we breathe.
Passing along some good reads on extinction of species, climate change and lack of empathy and how it affects and will affect us as human beings and the world we all need to learn to better care for and live in harmony with.
“Ours is a world of rapidly increasing sameness. And as we lose more and more species to extinction, as more and more forms of otherness pass into the night, it has seemed crucial to me that we extend our empathy to these other forms. The embodiment of that empathy is our protection.”
—Lydia Millet, award-winning novelist and Center writer. Read more.
THE EXTINCTION CRISIS – It’s frightening but true: Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals — the sixth wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years. We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day . It could be a scary future indeed, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading toward extinction by mid-century. More….
Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault
A vast chunk of space rock crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula, darkening the sky with debris and condemning three-quarters of Earth’s species to extinction. A convergence of continents disrupts the circulation of the oceans, rendering them stagnant and toxic to everything that lives there. Vast volcanic plateaus erupt, filling the air with poisonous gas. Glaciers subsume the land and lock up the oceans in acres of ice.
Five times in the past, the Earth has been struck by these kinds of cataclysmic events, more….
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Extinction is an enormous problem but don’t be overwhelmed. Together, we can fight it on all fronts and curb extinction and species loss. We can’t do everything at once but each action you take matters. Much much more…
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.
“Extinction has got to be the second saddest word – right behind genocide. It is an ugly word, an enormous word – the end of an entire world. But it is also a personal word. It is the tragic death of individuals, the end of so many stories. World Clock endangered species stats come from the World Wildlife Fund (and other sources) which has tackled the challenging task of counting endangered species. It is a difficult and time consuming job since most creatures do not fill out census forms. Extinctions are very roughly estimated because nobody knows exactly how many species exist on earth. And, of course, nobody knows how many of the unknown species are disappearing each year. Scientists guess that extinctions are between a few hundred and a few hundred thousand. We chose a conservative figure of 10,000 extinctions per year.”