“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
I am subscribed to Whole Living, a magazine for “body + soul in balance.” Each issues has a section for The Latest Good Green News from Coast to Coast, where they report on exciting new projects, studies or achievements in the environmental community. In this month’s issue, 2 blurbs caught my eye:
- Researchers at the University of Vermont have found a correlation between trees and crimes in the Baltimore area. After the city and its county planted10% more trees, the incidence of robbery, theft, burglary, and shooting decreased by about 12%.
- Start taking nature walk, strolling a tiny bit longer each time. Rambling in the woods improved attention spans and memory performance in depressed patients, a study done in Michigan shows.
Neither of these tidbits surprised me when I read them. Yes, these issues are complex and multifaceted, but a simple answer to so many of our society’s problem is so obvious = nature. Depression, crime, obesity, greed, hunger – complicated problems that governments have been trying to fix for decades can be addressed through nature. Our mental illness rates – depression, eating disorders, ADHD, teen suicide – are all on the rapid rise. The focus of our society has become so warped and possession-based that people do not know how to be happy with themselves. And yet we see acres upon acres of wooded land deforested for new car dealerships, housing developments and shopping plazas. How can people not see that this is the exact opposite direction we need to be headed in?
Turn off the trash on t.v. and get outside, talk walks, bikes rides, run in the woods. Rejuvenate your soul. Remove yourself from all the temptations that modern society offers and know that happiness cannot be bought in the brand of clothes you wear or car you drive or how much money you make. Learn to plant a garden and grow your own vegetables. There are no perfect answers to so many of the world’s issues, but this one seems like a no-brainer. Go back to the basics.
Live green, love green,