25 Sep Birds Strike! | Oct 2019
Strike! Birds Refuse to Be Photographed.
Birds worldwide are upset. So they organized a strike on Fridays.
A recent report documents that North American bird populations have decreased by 29% since 1970. This amounts to three billion birds. [ 1 ]
This is bad news for birds. And it’s bad news for people.
Because the vitality of birds indicates ecological health. And in turn, ecological health foretells our future.
That is, an environment unable to support birds, will be unable to support people.
When we ask how this could happen, we find a deeper warning:
We cannot continue creating the type of history that has filled our past.
Greed and exploitation are not sustainable. Eventually these strategies will exhaust essential resources and/or they will overwhelm us with pollution.
So we need to change. And we need to change now because these statistics are an important warning.
At a Global Level We Need to:
1) Create a social strategy based on compassion (instead of on fear, greed, and power).
Then we would have a socially just, environmentally sustainable society that works for everyone. Specifically, we would help others, share wealth, and show kindness. We would choose leaders who told the truth, promoted compassion, and protected the environment.
As a result, this would end the social ills that cause war, revolutions, and social disorder.
2) Create an economic strategy based on enhancing life (instead of on maximizing profits).
Thus, companies would: a) Produce only products that enhanced life, and 2) Use only environmentally sustainable procedures.
Then corporations would behave like global citizens instead of like profit-driven machines.
There’s an important point here: People have morals, machines do not.
At a Personal Level We Need to:
1) Evaluate our choices
Do they show compassion for all? Do they respect life? And do they lead to a sustainable future?
2) Shop smart.
Buy organic foods. Buy fair trade goods. And buy from companies that respect the environment.
These choices will: a) Reduce support for pesticides, b) Reduce exploitation of people and resources, and c) Encourage good business practices.
3) Stop at enough.
Too many people scramble to own more. And more. And still more.
Instead, slow down.
Real joy comes from building positive relationships. Then your kindness becomes a legacy that people cherish. The trinkets and toys, however, end up in the trash.
4) Support conservation.
Investing in the environment equals investing in your future.
So join (and support) organizations that work to protect your future. [ 2 ]
5) Conserve resources.
People waste gas, electricity, and food in hundreds of small, trivial activities that they take for granted.
This waste costs money. Lots of it.
For example, some people drive a thousand miles each year without moving an inch. How? They leave the engine running after they park or while they sit in their car. This waste can cost hundreds of dollars per year.
So save resources.
6) Invest Smart
Investing in socially responsible companies and funds supports businesses that act like responsible citizens. [ 3 ]
Note: The above six actions, though small, represent a beginning that will move us toward the global changes that preserve our future.
Find More Info at:
[ 2 ] Organizations Working for Your Future: Organizations List
[ 3 ] As You Sow shows people how their investments can make a difference: As You Sow
[ 4 ] Fridays for Future: A youth-led and -organized movement to protect the environment
Buy This Book
This book, with a positive tone, contains easy solutions for people who want to help birds. [ Click Here to Buy the Book ]
It also contains more than a hundred photos that show the extraordinary beauty in nature. Income earned from this book supports bird conservation projects.
Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation