In your intestines, there are trillions of autonomous bacteria that help you digest food, sometimes referred to as our ‘forgotten organ’. There are white blood cells which resemble tiny autonomous creatures, staving off infection within the
I was born into a world that was in the early stages of an illness. Its vital organs were beginning to die. In 1985, as I entered Planet Earth, the Great Barrier Reef was twice as large as it is today, an organ as vital to Earth as your liver is to you. Half of the most incredible reef in the world has died since I was born, and it’s not unique to Australia. Ocean acidification, brought about by climate change, is killing off corals world wide.
Despite it feeling as though this illness is taking years, relative to the age of the planet the sickness has taken a hold in a heartbeat. We view things through the lens of daily news, but cast your thoughts back to when you were born – the reef was twice the size it is now.
When a human dies, do we blame the bacteria in the body? Perhaps if the bacteria had been more aware of the damage their proliferation was causing, they might have slowed down their growth – for when their host dies, they die too. But bacteria cannot understand such concepts with such a lowly consciousness, so we cannot blame them.
Enjoy the coral reefs why you can, they are beautiful, and they will be gone soon. Perhaps we can save them, but it all starts with a change in the way we think, and therefore a change in what we are. Consider your own relationship with the earth. Like the bacteria in your gut, you are a part of Earth, and it is dying.