It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
and I feel fine
…once said a band called R.E.M.
So What Should We Do About It?
And should we really care? Can we really make a difference? I don’t really know the answers to that but, as a ‘species’, maybe we should remember it’s not just us on this planet. Maybe we should stop everything we are doing and think about how we interact with the natural world from the ground up; stop turning wild spaces and wildlife into palm oil plantations and shopping malls that we don’t need for our survival or happiness.
At this very moment, in the blaze of human evolution, its profit vs planet in a a game with no winners. The prize is money, wealth and branded stuff that we pay a fortune for and the current state of play? Earth is on a pretty bad losing streak. Humans are winning and some will get very rich. There’s just one problem. We’re destroying Mother Earth: our home in the Universe.
So what can we do? We can change collective opinion; focus on experiencing the natural world over possessing stuff and most importantly appreciate that our place in the world should not distinct and separate from nature but one in which we truly value it. We can change our priorities. Wild Blue Dot is a collection of issues I’m passionate about; documentaries trailers, reviews on films, lifestyle, health and fitness and topics all connected to the Environment, Eco Lifestyle and Eco Travel and living in a way that has less impact on the natural world.
The solutions exist – we have the tech, the intelligence and the tenacity. If we could look a little closer at the beauty and fragility of nature and the environment we might care more. We can start with:
Human history isn’t one that explicitly shows us living in harmony with the natural world. Coexisting with nature isn’t exactly our strongpoint: as soon as we evolved our big brains we pretty much stepped out of our place in the food chain, created religions that reflected us in the role of God and coerced wild animals and plants into slavery and slaughter: lives that exist in order to serve our every hunger, need and whim.
If we lived in a house-share called Earth that we shared with all the other species of the world we would be the housemates that murdered most of them, ate them and their children, enslaved the survivors then burnt down the house.
But, it’s not too late… we can change who we are and bring ourselves back from the brink.
Re-wilding huge parts of the world and thinking about ways we can protect the natural environment would help to save some space to sustain nature and keep some parts of the world a wilder, more fascinating place to live.
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Why Wild Blue Dot ?
In 1990 the Voyager 1 space probe took a photograph of planet Earth from a record distance of around 6 billion kilometers away. This was part of a series of photographs called the Family Portrait showing all of the planets in our solar system.
The image of Earth was described as a Pale Blue Dot by American Astronomer Carl Sagan who said:
Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
He published the findings of the Voyager 1 spacecraft as it traversed our solar system and describing in language both urgent and philosophical, the implications, understanding and awareness it instigated for life here on Earth. He acknowledged:
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
And he implored us all to realise this….
it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
The inspiration is the interplanetary adventures of Voyager 1, the philosophical call-to-action by Carl Sagan and a deeply held desire to keep as much of our Pale Blue Dot as wild as possible. Because our companions on this Pale Blue Dot are the countless other species, a world teeming with animals, ecosystems and life.
WildBlueDot.com is dedicated to this cause. The site is roughly divided into sections are about the natural world, the wild places and sections about conservation and the things we can do in our everyday life to reduce the impact we have on the natural world.
I created this site because I love the simplicity of nature. I’d like to see parts of the planet re-wilded to a natural state to protect our wild places and the wild creatures who also live on this little blue dot hurtling through space.
Appreciating and understanding the natural world begins with awareness of the awesome power of nature.
Thanks for reading!