I am one voice from the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, representing many thousands of indigenous voices that cannot speak English or express what is happening here to the West, they have been fighting to save the Amazon here for a long time now, their story is very much one of tragedy and will continue to unfold that way. After working for several decades in environmental conservation, I can say that the root cause of ecocide here and around the World comes from a need for change in human consciousness and how we see ourselves in relation to nature. We must stop seeing ourselves as separate from nature, the impact of what each of our daily choices and actions has on key ecosystems such as the rainforest and oceans is tremendous, what we do to nature, we do to ourselves.
What the future holds for this little Shiwiar boy whose ancestral land may not exist in 20 years time if people in the Western world continue to live as they are, is a thought that many people in the West have little concern with, as long as they can live comfortably, yet this little boys future concerns every one of us and his future is the future of the Amazon rainforest which depend greatly on your daily lifestyle choices from whether you cycle to work to boycotting products such as palm oil ingredients in your weekly shopping list.
Our demands and choices for sustainability and alternative energy and a shift in human consciousness is the only way forward for the Earth, if humanity wants a happy future for its children, we all need to start becoming far more aware of our impact on the Earth than we currently are.The Environmental Crisis is a Crisis of Human Consciousness.
The Silent Ecocide- the environmental crisis is a crisis of human consciousness by Carlita Shaw
Carlita is an environmental scientist, teacher and writer, currently living in South America.