It seems that no matter who says what about the earth and environmental matters these days, too many of us respond with a “ho-hum” sort of attitude about our planetary home. For the past few years, all the talk about climate change, carbon emissions, energy troubles, and other ‘dangers’ that we and our planet face, have not led us to change many of our own habits. It makes sense that we must. In fact, the situation looks worse than it once did, and we seem to be refusing to listen to the screams of Mother Earth as we continue to violate nature’s process.

As we come to terms with the reality we face, it seems a good time to look at some of the key terms involved in environmental issues. This is by no means an all-inclusive list, and the internet is a wonderful resource. It always best to do your own form of homework when it comes to what these subjects mean to you personally. Go beyond the limits of your awareness; keep in mind what these terms mean in connection with our base of existence.

Global Warming - Touted for many years by scientists and politicians alike, this is the term associated with the higher levels of carbon monoxide in our atmosphere that will cause the planet to keep warming to a point where it becomes unable to sustain human life. Proponents tell us that the more people there are, the larger the problem is, and that it will only worsen. Opponents tell us the studies are flawed and that warming occurs cyclically, throughout the solar system, not just on our planet. Those who consider both sides may see the futility in the imposition of a ‘carbon tax’ as part of the solution.

Extinction Level Events - These are situations that carry long-term ramifications for human life or other species, which cause annihilation as an end result. Disaster movies usually cover these scenarios--a large, nuclear meltdown (or combination of them) or a large meteor strike could bring such a situation of dire circumstance. Mass deaths of wildlife may be an indicator of what awaits our own species--what goes around comes around. While it may sound like an odd law firm, “Doomers” and “Preppers” say it is only a matter of time.

Energy Generation and Use - The way we create and consume has brought us on a spiral where we are all using more and more energy to fuel our daily lives. The advent of smarter appliances has brought a slight awareness of how much energy it takes to heat our homes and water, or to cool our food and the air in our homes. Machines of all sorts that require fossil fuels are the most problematic; yet, few are eager to remove these energy drains completely. The devices that capture energy from sustainable sources require fossil fuels to make them, adding to the problem.

Refuse and Recycling - Reusing items to make new products is the most hands-on way to manage or repurpose materials that normally go to landfills, dumps, and other refuse storage facilities. However, of all the various materials generated, only a small portion of these is actively recycled to make new products. Individuals often find unique ways to reuse objects. Utilizing something that would otherwise be tossed away can be a good feeling of salvation. We are not all aligned mindfully in our actions to reuse or recycle as many items as possible.

Growth and Permaculture (or, Change and Sustainability) - Take your pick, there are aspects to each side of this that are necessary and go together. It is a natural process that everything grows and changes. We all mature and age; even the most stable of rocks can erode over time. Coupled with this life force of existence is the idea that whatever nature brings forth lasts as long as it needs to, without a lot of intervention from humankind. It is as if to satisfy humanity’s desire to manipulate our environment that Mother Nature allows us to ‘help’ her through sustainable efforts like Permaculture. We get to give Nature a hand in order to maintain usefulness and beauty with less of an environmental impact…quite like the indigenous peoples around the world have done by living (including) with the existing landscape instead of working (competing) against it.

Group Efforts: Ignorance and Education - There are a number of notable groups whose efforts to achieve education and actively work in mindful ways are helping to raise awareness of the various situations and subjects mentioned here. They employ science and evidence upon which to base their recommendations. Some find it necessary to specialize or focus on a particular issue, while others work in groups to help bring about changes on the large and small scale.

Keeping in mind that our planet is rather large, we humans seem to have an undeniable effect on our home. As we move forward, we must listen closely to what the Earth is screaming. Earth does speak to us regularly, using all sorts of messages and signs. It is up to us to pay attention, for the communication may not be in a language that we understand readily--but there is no denying its impact.

Truly sensitive people are able to read the signs or feel the change in vibration. As creatures around the world--our fellow planetary inhabitors--are reaching points of destruction, it is a clear indication that our environment--our very complex and beautiful being--is screaming out for attention. How huge does the message have to be before we see what the Earth and Mother Nature is trying to say? Are we oblivious to the signals?

We see the destruction or view the massive deaths as…what?…some sort of isolated incident? Do we see our role in what is happening? How many more deaths will it take before we catch on and really educate ourselves about our critical involvement, and how our competitive, consuming actions are killing our home? In what we do, we ask for more of the same.

The world is such a big place--a much larger construct, which gives us the ‘bigger picture’ evidence of whatever is happening. As something becomes evident in macrocosm, we are able to know the microcosm, even if it does feel huge, unmanageable, and chaotic. If we really want to “change the world,” then we need to leave the world alone and begin by bringing the problem down to size and work on changing ourselves, first. Ancient sages advise the most difficult challenges lie within, so let us start here.

Link to article by Christopher W. Koehler, in “Modern Drug Discovery” (ACS Publications) February 2002, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 47-49, “Consumption, the great killer,” a history of tuberculosis:

Link to Health and Research tab at NIAID website:

YouTube Video - Tom Waits “Earth Died Screaming” :

For our consideration. ~ Namaste ~ Blessings!

Kathy Custren is a mother of four, who strives for balance and has a deep respect for All. Interests include advocacy, the arts, communication, education, health, humanity's cosmic origins, nature, philosophy, spirituality and wellness. Visit her page "Consciousness Live" on Facebook, and her site at

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