We are saddened to hear about Dermod Travis’s death. He was a regular contributor to tide change and had a wide influence on many Canadian advocacy groups. Many people have been affected by the company of Dermod. Because of his prolific writing, you could be included without having met him in person. He had submitted and article for May 27th. He was doing his life’s work to the end.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis a number of articles have been written about the relationship between the pandemic and climate change. This is another one. In this chronicle I will show how our approach to the pandemic can teach us a great deal about what to do or not to do to prepare for climate change.
“One of the frustrations I’ve had is that the health authorities and the ministry keep talking about ‘our partners.’ We’re not partners. We’re regulators. We are using public dollars to contract with somebody to deliver a public service. They are not equal partners at the table, their interests are not equal to our interests. Our interests are the public interest, and that needs to take precedence.” B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie
For whatever else COVID 19 has taught us, it has, most powerfully, compelled us to recognize that our well being is not a solitary struggle; we are, our existence, our well being, inextricably connected to the lives and well being of all those with whom we share this beautiful and endangered planet.
Every evening when I’m finished my writing I turn on the T.V. to watch the news. What I see is discouraging. I see men in different political parties fighting with one another. They remind me of two young brothers in a sand box out in the backyard.
The thing about Planet of the Humans that is so terrifying is that it doesn’t just point to one group or one action, it, very blatantly, says there are limits to how much of us and our greedy ways that Planet Earth will take—no matter how you colour it–we need much less of it. We need to reenvision what we do, how we do AND how much can our beleaguered Earth endure without succumbing rather than just painting over the old ways with a thin green veneer.
“Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.”
Thinking of the fiasco that is long term care in BC/Canada it is hard to imagine a more perceptive observation than this aphorism by Winnie-the-Pooh’s often pessimistic friend Eeyore the stuffed donkey.
This pandemic is more than “a disturbance in the force.” It is the portal to a climate changing world. What we need to develop is a different kind of world that respects Mother Earth and benefits ourselves and the generations that will come after us.
When the recovery from the Coved 19 pandemic comes, I hope/pray that it does not come as a misguided return to the dead end unlimited growth way it was. Mother Nature(Gaia) is speaking very pointedly to humanity: what we are doing is not sustainable and will not sustain human civilization on Earth. Indeed, it is imperative that all of us recognize that Coved 19 may well be Nature’s last warning to a deluded and all-too-arrogant humanity.
What we see outside of us in the Spring of 2020 is a full spectrum reflection of our collective inner world…and it offers a historical opportunity for healing on many timelines.