Monday, March 14, 2011

raw awareness for our mother earth

By now, we have all be affected and touched by the tsunami and earthquake that have ravaged Japan's people and landscape. The media images and reportage on the ecological devastation in Japan are overwhelmingly powerful and disturbing.

Like so many bloggers before me, I urge you to donate to the Red Cross or other relief efforts sending help to Japan. In times like these, we need to mobilize and support those in need; we are all connected in this world.

UPDATE - 03/16/11

Angela Liddon (from Oh She Glows) is holding a Japan Disaster Relief Glo Bar fundraiser, with all proceeds going directly to the Canadian Red Cross. $5 enters you one ticket into the raffle for a selection of her amazing Glo Bars. This is such a great way to donate to the cause with a chance to win some healthy, vegan goodies. The Fundraiser ends tonight, Wednesday March 16th, 2011 at 10pm. Click here to donate online.

I often wonder if these recent ecological disasters are connected to our impact on mother Earth and the environment. If only there was something we could do to stop environmental degradation such as pollution, global warming and changes to the Earth's atmosphere and ecology; perhaps we could lessen and stop these catastrophic events. I realize earthquakes occur naturally (keep in mind, I am no scientist), but there is a definite ecological connection between our 'being in the world' and the environment.

Environmentalism is a cause close to my heart, particularly the counterculture environmentalism 'movement' that occurred in the late 1960s in America. I have taught this topic in a few of my courses this year, and find it fascinating how  counterculture environmentalists, such as Stewart Brand, radically changed our conceptualizations of Earth and views on the environment.

Brand was a member of The Merry Pranksters, a collective involved with various countercultural activities in San Francisco in the mid 1960s. In 1966, Brand began a button campaign that asked a simple question: "Why haven't we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?"

His questioning was a response to the lack of a publicly released photo of the entire Earth by NASA. This was 1966. Can you imagine how radically different your conceptualization of the world would be without seeing our now recognizable images of the Earth? Brand sent buttons to public leaders and thinkers, such as Marshall McLuhan, and as the story goes, his campaign had a definite impact on NASA, who released some of the first images of Earth to the public in 1968:

Brand adopted this 'whole Earth' image for his next project: The Whole Earth Catalog, which was an "access to tools" database for those interested in the use of "appropriate technology" to help sustain our 'carbon footprint' on Earth. Published between 1968-1972, the WEC suggested that technology could be used to support, rather than ravage, the environment. You can view electronic copies of the original WEC editions on their website. The original print catalog's are incredibly large, and were also revolutionary in terms of print media.

Last night, I watched a fantastic documentary on scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki entitled "Force of Nature." I was amazed with how his ideas about the environment completely resonate with my views: his regard for ecology, environment, and our being in the world as part of a whole, interconnected system. I couldn't help make connections to how this documentary was being aired on the CBC, with his visits to Hiroshima, in light of the recent environmental devastation in Japan. I highly recommend this documentary, and urge you to check it out if your are interested in his inspiring work.  

I apologize if this post is a tad too academic for a raw/food blog, but I truly felt the need to express my response to these recent events. I feel this post has a particular resonance: we need to have a raw awareness for our mother Earth in order to spark social change. My thoughts are with all of those affected with the recent ecological devastation of our mother Earth, and I always keep hope that  

"there is always a little bit of heaven 
in a disaster area" 
(Hugh Romney).


Camille said...

Love your post! I caught the Suzuki piece last night, too, and was very touched by it. Let's hope it helped bring a few more Canadians around to that interconnected, limits-to-growth worldview that he so eloquently espouses.


Nelly said...

great post marlie...i wonder the same thing...are these natural disasters brought on by human ignorance...

i don't think this post it all too academic...i think it's perfect and very eye opening.

i would love to see that documentary...did you watch it online???

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Ladies! Thank you so much for your comments :) I appreciate the positive vibes.

@ Camille - such a great film. I hope it will also make 'a few more Canadians' come round to his world view. Such a kind soul, that David Suzuki.

@Nelly - the documentary was shown on the CBC, but you might be able to find it online/purchase it?! It was great!

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