Knysna is rich. Our forests, mountains, beaches, lakes and estuary are a proverbial goldmine begging to develop into a bigger economy stimulated by nature lovers, from bird watchers to honeymooners wanting to escape their concrete jails. There is no need to submit to the “create jobs” mantra that gross, irresponsible developers keep making to Knysna. We already have all the natural resources we need to improve our lives. What we lack is good management.
There is an organisation called the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) that, along with Sylvia Earle, National Geographic explorer and ocean advocate, have chosen Knysna as a potential Hope Spot – “special places that are critical to the health of the ocean”. This would not only further protect our waters and shores but educate our children and draw international attention to Knysna (which is good for tourism). But it’ll only happen if Knysna’s conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts work together to prove that those who help themselves are worth helping. It’s a massive opportunity for Knysna that we can’t afford to miss. If you are interested, please contact me so that i can compile a list to forward to the good folk in SST. You can view Sylvia’s excellent speech when she won the TED prize here (includes fantastic undersea images).
A well known conservationist in Knysna suggested i buy the book ‘Spiritual Ecology – The Cry of the Earth’. Unfortunately, my finances don’t allow me the purchase but a Google search led me to the video, several excerpts and an essay. It’s impressively well put together so i’m sharing it with you.
‘It’s hard to imagine finding a wiser group of humans
than the authors represented here,
all of them both thinkers and do-ers
in the greatest battle humans have ever faced.
An epic collection!’
“The earth is in distress and is calling to us, sending us signs of the extremity of its imbalance through earthquakes and tsunamis, floods and storms, drought, unprecedented heat. There are now indications that its ecosystem as a whole may even be approaching a “tipping point” or “state shift” of irreversible change with unforeseeable consequences.
This book is a collection of responses to the call of the earth. It is not offered as a solution to a problem because the world is not a problem; it is a living being in distress. The signs of global imbalance, the tsunamis, the destruction of the coral reefs, are not just physical symptoms. As Thich Nhat Hanh writes, these are ‘bells of mindfulness,’ calling us to be attentive, to wake up and listen. The earth needs our attention. It needs us to help heal its body, damaged by our exploitation, and also its soul, wounded by our desecration, our forgetfulness of its sacred nature. Only when we remember what is sacred can we bring any real awareness to our present predicament.”