Nature and protecting Mother Earth

“Your home should be a living space and not a storage space. Before us lies two paths, which will determine the future landscape of our planet. On the path of scarcity we must frantically attempt to fill our basket, with as many possessions as possible. In the end while our basket is full, we feel nothing but profound emptiness inside us. When the credit card bills arrive and the things start to break, the possessions we collected first to make our lives better, change their meaning and begin to possess us, instead of us possessing them. The hoarder’s path create a death spiral of scarcity, as we never seem to have enough. Our echoing cries of scarcity create ripples of fear and contribute to a cycle of poverty in other communities. For in order to fill our basket, we have taken from others what they needed for their survival.

The path of abundance is not as wide, but it is not necessary to leave a path of destruction in our wake, in order to have enough. On this minimalist path we are selective, we take our time and we only place in our basket only what is truly necessary or truly treasured. This path is uncluttered and allows for creative space all around us to explore. Inside our hearts, we feel a deep sense of satisfaction, as the path of abundance attracts ever more abundance to our lives. We realize that we have all we need. True wealth is not possessing the most, but having everything you need.

The hoarder will pluck every flower in the field, the minimalist will stop, enjoy them, water them and help them grow ever more plentiful." - David Scott

"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” - Chinese Proverb

“ How is it possible that the most intellectually advanced, conscious beings on the plant are the ones destroying it? Ask yourself what impact am I having on our planet today? Be consciously aware of your waste and destruction. Did I drive when I could have walked or ridden a bike? How many single use items did I use today? Plastic that is too thin to recycle, but will be here for a 10 generations or 1,000 years. Are they really necessary if only to use once? Awareness of the problem is the first step in the solution." - David Scott

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Chief Crazy Horse

The earth is what we all have in common. Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.

Time spent in nature is never wasted time.

“The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.” - Barry Commone

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

“Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.” - E. O. Wilson

“We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.” – Native American Dakota

“Regard Heaven as your father, Earth as your Mother and all things as your Brothers and Sisters.” – Native American