Hard to believe, but I have been writing this material for six years now which means 150 plus articles have appeared on this website. I would never have thought retirement would push me into becoming a communicator and writer. My career as a scientist left me haunted by observations, experiences and a quest to understand the relationship our indigenous people shared with the natural world for thousands of years. I cannot explain how or where this quest for knowledge about our Native peoples in depth appreciation for their natural surroundings came from but, a little knowledge simply intensified my thrust for more. Iris’s interest in her Cherokee heritage, surely accounts for some of the interest and opened many doors with members of the Native culture. I began searching for literature that would help me understand the importance of the natural world and our dependence upon the world for the substance of life. After six years of research, my thrust has only intensified.
Where I have failed is in understanding why so many people are unwilling to accept the scientific data that paints a clear picture of what is occurring with our natural world? I am saddened when I think how we defeated and attempted to convert an entire culture to our western ways, that could have helped us develop a Eco-friendlier appreciation for our natural surroundings and prolonged life on Mother Earth! Today, human beings and the natural world are on a collision course with many human activities being so harsh they are literally destroying the life sustaining elements supplied only by our natural surroundings. We put off until tomorrow the changes and adjustments required to prolong our species existence. Economic growth, accumulation of wealth and easier life styles have driven us, at the sacrifice of the natural world, for the past 200 plus years. I suspect tomorrow may have arrived, as we lavish in our glorious life styles! After 25 years of retirement and hours and hours of research, study and observation; I am still overwhelmed by the number of people that refuse to accept the scientific facts and information that have been discovered and collected about the current conditions of the planet we call home! Lands once covered by vast forests and grasslands occupied by animals in great numbers and rich in diversity have been reduced to less than half of the original acreage. Rivers, Lakes and Oceans are being contaminated with waste and chemicals and the air we breathe is full of chemicals, toxins and excess greenhouse gases.
Our species has been recognized for foresight, anticipation and recognition which has allowed us to grow and expand to over seven and a half BILLION people worldwide. These traits now need to focus on humanities future if we care about our children and grandchildren. We have become so enamored with how clever we are and our sense of self-importance, we think what we create is more important than the natural world! Can we and will we ever learn? When will it be to late? Has tomorrow already arrived? If we are willing to accept the truth, I believe we can make a difference! Please alert your friends and contacts to this website so we can reach more people and unite in an effort to enhance the natural surroundings required for human sustenance in the future!