Dear Reader, I hope you are well since my last post? Things continue to disintegrate on a world wide scale, our world has never been in as much danger as it is now. With many major countries building up their stock of nuclear arms and conducting tests of these weapons of mass destruction, we are living in uncertain times. Global warming has caused the meltdown of the ice caps at the poles, thousands of living creatures pass into extinction each day and the ground beneath our feet, the air we breathe and the water we drink are steadily becoming more and more toxic from the never-ending human-made pollution.
I feel so overwhelmed when I think of all these problems and watch the news at night, as I’m sure do many people. However this is not the time to despair but rather to breathe the small flame of hope into a fire of love and compassion in the heart of every woman, man and child.
Only love and the strength to find the warrior within will save us now. This is the time for action, for resolve of will, for clarity of purpose. We are not in this for fame and glory but for love of Gaia, of our beautiful planet.
We need to stop thinking on a local scale of our town, city, country, continent but on a global, world-wide scale. We need to remember we live on a planet spinning on its disc, surrounded by seven other planets, a moon and a sun. It is so easy to get caught up in everyday life and forget that our very existence is astonishing.
It is time to rediscover the sacredness of our world, to feel reverence and love for every living thing. Gaia isn’t just the ‘3rd rock from the sun’ but a living sentient entity, who is crying out for our help.
There is no Planet ‘B’ and even if there was, we are bound by honour, duty and responsibility but most of all, love of our birth place to do what we can to save the one we have. We are all monarch butterflies and our every action has a ripple effect throughout the world.
All this death, fear, disease and destruction that darkens our tv sets, newspapers, hearts and minds, this is on us.
We did this, we are the creators of our own doom but while there is still love, compassion and kindness in this world, there is still hope. The remedy for all this darkness, as much as the cause, lies within us and it is only together, united in love, that the tide will turn.
Children’s characters like Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Tris from Divergent and other dystopian novels and films have sparked worldwide the flame of revolution against tyranny, the flame of freedom and hope.
Katniss’s salute has come to mean freedom and its usage has spread throughout countless countries where oppression and cruelty reign.
Fictional heroines like Hermione Granger teach children, that anyone can be a hero. If you have a fire burning in your heart, a fire of love and justice, anything is possible.
I have recently realised it is not enough to say ‘but I am just one person, what can I do?’ One person cannot change the world or can they…? Did Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, Maureen Forrest of The Hope Foundation, Mary Robinson and all the other brave souls of our world accept the status quo?
No they saw injustice, suffering, pain and death all around them and did everything they could and beyond to change things, to make the world a better place and they succeeded in their quest. The fire within their hearts shines bright through time and distance.
This is the time for everyone to ask themselves what can I do? We cannot put it off until tomorrow, as one day, there will be no tomorrow.
The children of today are more awake and tuned into what is happening than any other generation. They are not afraid to ask why? why is there suffering, pain, hunger, disease and death in the world and why aren’t adults doing something about it? More and more young people across the globe, who have wisdom far beyond their tender years are taking action.
One such child is Campbell ‘Bumble’ Remess, who started when he was nine years old making teddy bears for sick children all around the planet. He has now made over 800 teddy bears and brought so much joy. He relies on donations for his material for the stuffed animals, as all his stuffed toys are given freely from the heart. He regularly visits his local hospital to deliver his bears in person. He has often raffled off his bears to raise money for children’s hospitals and has started a new project called 365 by Campbell, where he makes a teddy a day for a sick child.
Hailey Fort, now nine, started to help the homeless when she was five, when she saw a man living on the streets and now with the help of her parents, builds homes for homeless people and is growing food for those who need it as well.
Other remarkable children such as Maya Penn and Olivia Bouler are leading the way on environmental issues. One girl, Mary Grace Henry is changing the world with the power of her convictions, in her own words ‘Educating a girl can reverse the course of her life, change the course of a community… and a country’. Her initiative ‘Reserve the Course‘ is changing countless lives by funding education for girls around the world.
The youngest ever Noble Peace prize winner is Malala Yousafzai, a child with the heart of a lion, who was shot at point blank rang in the head by a Taliban hit-man for her words of peace. Malala showed the world that the courage of one child can change the world. Her bravery and her message of peace and the importance of education inspire us all. In her own words ‘One Child, One Teacher, One Pen & One Book can change the world’.
There are so many children who are daring to dream and not letting anything stop them from their quest to make the world, a happier, healthier and kinder place. From donating hair to child cancer survivors, reading to cats in animal shelters, to preventing bullying, to inventing marvellous life saving medicines and creating technological wonders.
These are the children who looked beyond their own lives and dared to care about others, not just their friends, family, neighbours, teachers or classmates but total strangers, people they will never meet.
These children have transcended out of the ordinary and dared to be different, to care and even more remarkable, to take action to help those the most vulnerable in our society.
The quest to save our planet is not just the responsibility of those who are willing to take action, those who risk their lives to save others, those who speak out on the world stage and whose every word is recorded and recounted but a quest that also belongs to you and I.
If we want our children to be proud of us, to respect us and to listen to us, we must be the change we seek. It is not enough to say, but we need to also do. Even if its just putting a empty milk cartoon into a recycling bin or turning off the water when we wash our teeth, it all helps. The more we can do, the more we will see the ripples of our actions in our homes and our communities.
The children are our future, lets make sure they have one.