“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein
We are living in a fast-paced world, where most of our communication is done through social media platforms. While this can be useful, it can also take us away from much needed time in the real world. By the real world, we mean a place where we can connect, reflect and absorb the beauty around us. The real world is a world where nature lies supreme, a place where we stand amazed and in awe of just how majestic she is.
“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.”
Our founder recently attended an Easter celebration where she met a couple that experienced this majesty. They experienced this standing next to the biggest tree (in terms of mass) on earth! The General Sherman lives in California in North America. The joy expressed by the experience prompted a curiosity and desire to see images depicting the immense size of this natural being. The General Sherman is indeed beautiful and immense to say the least. She is estimated to be around 2000 years old. To think about what this tree has witnessed throughout these years! In silence, her roots connected to other giants of her kind, she has watched as we have ceased to take care of her surroundings.
"The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed" The Earth Day Network
Yesterday was Earth Day! Earth day was first celebrated in 1970 and is now celebrated by 193 countries. The Earth Day Network globally coordinated it. In 2016, 120 countries signed the Paris Agreement. This meant that the historic draft of the climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris would be put into force. The Accord de Paris (The Paris Agreement) is an agreement within the UN framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance. As of March 2019, 195 UNFCC members have signed the agreement and 185 have become party to it. The aim of the agreement is a long-term goal to keep the global temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. This substantially reduces the risks and effects of climate change.
“The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” Lady Bird Johnson
Here is an excerpt from the Earth Day Network Homepage, which clearly summarizes where we are at today. There is still hope and we have a part to play in keeping that hope alive.
"Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity. The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few.
"All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life."
The impacts are far reaching. If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy. All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species.
The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.
The Earth Day Network is asking people to join our Protect our Species campaign. Our goals are to:
Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use." (end quote)
Visit:https://www.earthday.org for more on what you can do to make a difference.
At IKKI, we believe in taking care of our environment. That is why we make all IKKI products from 100% Australian Superfine Merino wool. All our wool comes from farms that exercise good practice. We love the fact that wool is a renewable fibre and even more importantly that it is 100% biodegradable. With our IKKI for Life campaign, you can send back previously used IKKI garments and we will offer a discount on your next purchase.
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“Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs,
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress its music.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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