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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nature is Our House

I am always so amazed at ...

the nature houses in the various parks. Also I was thinking nature is a house, a home for all wild things and humanity, our planet is a home for all of us. When one part of it dies the other parts cannot sustain life.

Nature houses and the parks they are in, are the only places you can go and see nature preserved and respected. They are mostly staffed by volunteers. Most of them do not get any provincial grants either and depend upon the donations. Did you know that?  I will put in some photos from Swan Lake Nature House and Goldstream Nature House. Both are wonderful places to go, even on a rainy day!

They all have teaching areas for children and books about nature and unless future generations know and respect the natural world we are all lost. It can happen so insidiously, slowly and deceptively and we can think it will not happen on our watch or in our generation. However everyday now some species dies out or some wildlife or sea life is challenged to continue in the plastic world we have made.

We build houses where abundant wildlife once was. We use chemicals and spray over land where butterflies once flew and never return. Our priorities are so linked to the economy and media. We have become a brain diminished society that relegates itself to a life of commercialism at the risk of our own destruction.

I grew up in an age of change, many of us thought we could change the world. We held peace rallies, we lived in communes and preached peace and love. In the end it did not work. Our generation tried from the outside to change the inside of a political system run by the old boys and oil corps.

So slowly some changes are made now but too late, it falls to the next level of rainbow children to figure out how to fix a world that is doomed unless someone can replace money with the love of nature, unless someone will value our nature. Unless we learn respect for her.

Most people visit a Nature House in their local park but many do not have the awareness to donate as they think it is all taken care of. It is the only place where city children see nature for the first time and see adults model a respect for all the things nature gives us freely and we destroy freely.

You do not need to shop for nature it is all around you without using your bank card for now, but for how long. Perhaps in the future they will have small museums or holograms of what it was like to live on earth in this time of free nature before the storms, wars and economic collapses. There was a time when it could all have been changed. Do you think it is time now?

We have to start to think of nature, the land, the rivers, the lakes and the ocean as not our property but as a living being, as our relation, our grandmother, our earth mother spaceship.

We need to give legal rights to nature and ecosystems that are not protected or supported. In New Zealand the local Maori people have named a river as a person and given it the same legal rights and our First Nations also have in their culture designated the land as a person.

If we change our prepositions from property to a living entity, from a thing to a "her" or "him" in the language it will change the perception of earth to a living person but can we give her legal rights? We are more concerned with our own material and economic progression.

It took women long enough get rights, when will the reality set in that when the earth dies so do we. Can we give her rights? Can we speak for her?

The thing I think of more than anything these days is what kind of world are we giving to our children. This is the longest blog I have ever written, most people will look at the pictures but I hope the idea is born, from the idea can come life.

(all photos I took at Goldstream Nature House and Swan Lake Nature House)

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  1. Hello, what a wonderful exhibit and nature center. It is always nice to donate to your local nature centers, they provide us so much. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

  2. Well said. We need to appreciate and respect the world around us before it is too late.

  3. Nature is wonderful; human nature a little more suspect.

  4. This is so wonderful!! I enjoyed this, and the photos so very much.
    I will fix your linking at I'd Rather B Birdin'....no problem

    Thanks for joining us this week and sharing your post Nora.

  5. Beautiful post ~ love the owl and other photos ~ but that little chick is the best ~ ^_^

    A ShutterBug Explores ~ aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. I am so fortunate to live in a place where nature is respected and enjoyed on a daily basis. The other day I was walking on the side of a new road in the bush and found a small toad in a hole he'd made under a jumble of rocks. We stared at each other for the longest time. I admired his rusty warts and blinkless eyes. I wonder what he admired about me. - Margy

  7. What a great idea especially for children who get too involved in electronics. Living in the states and watching the evil administration try to get rid of protections for the environment makes me feel so angry. Yes, the next generation needs to stand up and take action... Michelle

  8. Your post is right on point. We moved to Montana to be able to enjoy nature in something that is still near it's pristine state. You have inspired me to do more to make sure that this is a priority for everyone.

  9. Hello! Great post!

  10. I am always filled with double feelings when I see animals in this condition.. I can't say I hate it but I can't also say I like it.. The education meaning behind it I appreciate.

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-WEDNES-day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  11. Great post. Yes, we have to come up with a new dynamic that is a lot more (I hate using the word) sustainable.

    I learned last Fall that Native American Tribes speak of their "ways" as a resource. That threw me for a loop and I think I am beginning to understand it. Maybe.

  12. What a fabulous blog post, Nora. I have been thinking these same things, especially "what kind of world are we giving to our children?" I don't have children of my own, but I have stepdaughters, and grandchildren, nieces and nephews and their children...I grieve the slow death our planet is now suffering because it will cause the slow death of 'my' children and the millions of others who, through no fault of their own, are inheriting a planet that is doomed to die, and to die soon unless governments realize conservationists like you are right and they are wrong. Give the Island some love for me, please. I love it. My parents lived there for the last half of their retirement. Both were ardent nature-lovers and conservationists. I've just started writing about them on my blog: www.unfittie.blogspot.com if you'd like to take a look.
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  13. I sure HOPE we'll continue to see in nature in actual nature, but I'm not confident.

  14. Thanks so much for coming and giving such nice comments.


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