As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that I was taking the time to think about my previous thoughts, with regards to everyone can do something to protect the environment. It is interesting how conversations can often act as reminders of previous life experience. I was reminded of the days of our family trip to Pakistan, I think I was about 9 or 10. Our Grandmother used to have special steel containers to store milk and butter. The milk was not brought from a fridge in a container, it was delivered, and we simply took our steel milk container to the front door, and pay for the portion that we required.
I also remembered newspaper that was used to make paper bags, also fresh water that was stored in containers made from clay every morning. We could question the hygiene related to these practices, but I was thinking of the idea that maybe developing countries have been engaging in Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse for years, part of their daily living practice, however it is not recognized because the practices don't follow or fit modern day western conceptualization. I think that when it comes to the enviroment and "green" living practices, we have to be mindful that we are not "colonizing" the concept to fit with one set of ideas or ideals.
These thoughts can also be linked to that of Norway, who was ranked 1st in 2015 as the best country to live in by the UN Human Development Index, for the thirteenth time. Norway is proud of it's natural environments and high living standards, yet it is based upon an oil based economy, accruing wealth from oil. Norway thrives from their oil economy. So it is interesting to see that a European country can make it to number 1, even if they are thriving from oil. What if this was an Arab or Eastern nation, that was also flourishing because of an oil based economy? I think the narrative would be quite different.
The question with regards to the environment and its survival, really boils down to whose story will survive. We can also see there are certain ideals and prejudices that are also associated with the protection of the environment.
Dedication: These thoughts are dedicated to all human beings. Learn To Understand. My thoughts to share with love & kindness! :)
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand - written on July 29th, 2017. Image 1 - Web Link