We’ve lost this relationship. We do not know nature anymore, and unfortunately, nature in return knows the most destructive parts of us. Her seas are covered in plastic, her corals are withering, her forests are shaven bare. Climate change is happening now because we have abandoned this most intimate relationship with the only home we have.
And so, the tribes of the future have to fall in love— fall madly in love with nature— for her health to be restored again. Because it is when we love someone that we seek to protect them. We have to fall in love with the trees of the forest, the waters of the rivers and the seas, the sun and the moon and the stars. We have to love the song of the birds and the smell of the earth and the wildness of the structures of nature that grow with its own intelligence. We have to love nature so much to the point of worship, so that when we tread the ground, we are gentle, our footsteps soft, our imprints light.
Charles Eisenstein said, “Climate change is sending us an important message. We and Earth are one. As above, so below: what we do to each other, even the smallest animal or plant, we do to all creation.”