Nature is Culture: Rapidly Recruiting People for Planet Repair with Entertaining Cultural Forces like Art, Writing & Music
Author: Jake F. Kelley — — Editor: Allison Hawkins
“The environment, after all, is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest. It is one thing that all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become” — Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady of the United States (1963–69)
Brighten our futures through our cultural forces, joyful communities & singular resolve
Our future depends on being able to cooperate and collaborate. Understanding and empowering culture, nature and our shared humanity will enable people to repair our home through action. We have an unprecedented opportunity now to end our culture wars, neglect and complacency and join together to help save the planet. We all need to realize that climate change, nature and inequality are borderless. We can take this opportunity to recognize that we need to restore and protect our shared ground, home and provide security for all living things. Taking action on climate change will provide a shared purpose and help us come together to repair our home. Leaving division helps reach peaceful agreements. We can become a better world by virally cultivating compassion and empathy in our culture. Step up and act by becoming part of courageous teams that establish our teamwork and solidarity.
Communities and their nature, cultures and shared senses of purpose unite us. With committed unity and singular resolve, we can scale up planet repair in an engaging, entertaining and experiential way. Joy, appreciation and love can be created through culture, art, communities and changing our behavior to untrash our planet. How we divert our attention, energy and actions can either help us or harm us on our mission for planet repair. This mission, through each one of our journeys, will enable us to learn how to love and respect our relationship with earth and Mother Nature. By taking action and helping to repair the planet, we can see the results of the mosaic full of positive contributions toward healing our world. By bringing us together with commonalities and a shared sense of purpose, we can joyfully achieve our collective mission for a healthy planet and people.
“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease” — Hippocrates (460–370 BC)
Plant seeds to empower Mother Nature & a global, entertaining culture
Nature is culture. It’s both personal and shared. We all have our own perception of nature and its beauty, and art can be a powerful demonstration of the beauty of nature. Art can provide a unique view of the beauty of our world because so much of the force of nature is captured through visual, audio and physical representations and experiences. It is natural for creative expression to represent the wonder of nature. How we creatively express ourselves is related and connected to nature, nurture, imagination, experiences, energies, feelings and thoughts. Consciousness, hope and joy are forces of nature that we can use effectively by working together and awakening and amplifying our diverse perspectives, attributes and contributions to nature and culture. It provides a chance to make the difficult changes in a very personal, meaningful and shared way. Cultural forces like art and music bring us together to realize and act upon our shared responsibilities for our ecosystems and home. Let’s embrace the proven fact that beautiful environments (natural or built) enable humans to behave better by respecting their aesthetic ecosystems and the organisms they share them with.
Opportunity for cultural forces like eco-artists to help accelerate transitions to scale-up planet repair
We now have a spectacular opportunity for planet repair to align itself with cultural forces that embrace the ever-engaging and powerful forces of music, art, comedy and other forms of creative expression. Many artists like musicians and journalists can play significant roles in helping mobilize us to creatively and efficiently restore our relationship with Mother Nature. With their help, we can educate, build awareness and take action to allocate our natural resources better. That contagious knowledge-sharing and call to action can bring us back on track with the purposes and reasons that enable people to navigate towards empowering Mother Nature. Don’t harm Mother Nature. Help yourself and others by joining the solutions team and repairing our planet.
“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.” — Dr. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and author of The World is Blue
To empower nature, we must speak about restoring its health and resilience through collective listening, speaking, writing and other forms of creative expression. Efficient action can be propelled by these forces and help us build bridges for people, not walls. These bridges can help connect people, places and things that fundamentally bring us together to tackle the challenges that we share as a team for planet repair. Building planet repair alliances for healthy and resilient change will liberate us and mother nature from 200 years of trashing our planet.
Cultural forces can accelerate systemic change towards aesthetic environments and experiences
It’s a valuable journey to genuinely investigate the interconnectedness between communities, behavior, music, entertainment and comedy. Art says something different to everybody. It’s not a language. Art can cross cultural barriers and provide cultural forces that help us pull away from materialism. Together, we’ll strive for intergenerational impact and collaboration that will be crucial to encourage opportunities and action. Cultural forces and creativity can empower us to value our shared connections, perspectives and needs. By embracing curious, courageous, and sympathetic leadership to fight for systemic change and hope in all life forms, we can refuse to give into fashionable cynicism that risks deterring us all from healing our planet and ourselves.
“One individual cannot possibly make a difference, alone. It is individual efforts, collectively, that makes a noticeable difference — all the difference in the world!” — Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, primatologist
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too”. — Luther Standing Bear