God and Green

25 Aug

     God made a place where His love can be seen, and this is the earth. I can only imagine how the earth is kept revolving perfectly around the sun all these years and how it never clashes with the other planets. God made this for us. His love abounds and this can be seen by how everyday, we are made to breathe and wake up to a new day. There are places like the Himalayas where the nature is totally preserved but with the lifestyle that humans tend to adapt over the years, it has made the environment lose its beauty and wildlife. In this blog, we can see how we can get back on track and how our spirituality and inner being is directly related as to how we perceive and take care the greens and blues of the earth.

     The Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) is a dynamic landscape with a rich and remarkable biodiversity. Stretched over an area of more than four million square kilometers, the HKH region is endowed with a rich variety of gene pools and species, and ecosystems of global importance. The region, with its varied landscapes and soil formation, and variety of vegetation types and climatic conditions, is well known for its unique flora and fauna, and has a high level of endemism and numerous critical eco-regions of global importance. But, with the rapid increase of climate change, physical manifestations of it will include broad, heretofore-unknown temperature increases (with decreases in some places), shifts in ecosystems, and increased frequency and duration of extreme events.

   This gives us an idea what is there to see at the Himalayas, which is a fountain of biodiversity. With its rich and unique fauna and flora, it is home to a lot of unique species. But, at the latter statement it includes the effects of the climate change to the said mountain, which is an overview of how a lot of mountains will look like if we do not start to change the way we live. This is just one of the many mountains and forests that we have which may soon decay if humanity would only help lessen the rapidity of the climate change. As what Al Gohr always say, what we are experiencing is only a global warning and may soon turn into global warming if the people continue to consume more of non-renewable resources and do not make something about replacing them.

     This problem we are facing about the environment is rooted in a spiritual crisis. The outer is a reflection of the inner. Thus, uprooting the environmental crisis requires alleviating the spiritual ailments of modern humanity. This perspective is from our Islamic brothers and sisters and it seems to be that regardless of the differences that Christians have with the belief of Islamism’s, they have a few good similarities and this is one of them.

     Simply put, the environmental crisis is an outward reflection of the inward crisis of modern day humanity. It is not just the environment itself that is in crisis, but humanity as well. In fact, humans’ own inward disharmony serves as a causal force for the disharmony prevalent in their surroundings. Humans’ lack of self-discipline and morals—such as in excessive consumption and a lack of compassion—has translated onto their environment and into the crisis apparent today. The root of humanity’s disharmony with nature is therefore the disharmony within humans’ own selves. More specifically, this inward crisis is a spiritual one. The lack of spirituality

     Personally, Islamic’s perspective about the environmental problem of the humanity makes me believe that the root cause of all these is really the humanity themselves. While the humans tend to have an option to not worship God, the nature does not have the advantage to do so and given this situation, we have a role as the stewards of the environment to take care of the environment. And having that love and compassion to take care of the environment all boils down to how you perceive love itself. And it says in the article ‘In order to understand how to best travel on the route of love, humanity can best turn for guidance to the Loving. A turn to God, regardless of the sacred tradition taken by each individual, is necessary for lasting inner peace. Humanity’s solution to the environmental crisis depends on a solution to its own spiritual crisis, which, for each individual, depends on his or her relationship with God.

 

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