This week, we marked World Wildlife Day.
In doing so, we celebrated something that has long inspired our work here at Legends of OM.
That we are all connected.
In this, we include all life, not just that which is human.
From the tiniest creature that has ever walked the Earth to ourselves and those even greater, we all have a vital role to play.
It is, as underlined in the Lion King, the Circle of Life.
It is something that we were reminded of, a little earlier today, when reading an article emanating from the United Nations.
In it, the UN’s Secretary-General, António Guterres, noted that ‘humanity is weaved into the rich tapestry of life’ and that ‘all human civilizations have been – and continue to be – built upon the use of wild and cultivated species of flora and fauna, from the food we eat to the air we breathe.”
Given this profound yet obvious connection to (and reliance upon) all things living, our attitude towards nature is puzzling at best.
The latest figures suggest close to one-quarter of all species on Earth are in danger of extinction within the coming decades unless we change our ways.
“It seems humanity has forgotten just how much we need nature for our survival and wellbeing,” added Mr Guterres.
Given the parlous state of our planet – the world’s problems, in the main, being manmade – it’s impossible to disagree.
It’s something to think about. Something to consider.
Cause for inspiration, perhaps, and a further reminder that we’re all in this together, united like the nations; humans and animals alike; all life on Earth, all connected.
“Humans around the world benefit every single day from wildlife,” added Ivonne Higuero, the Secretary-General of CITES, the global animal and plant protection body. “From the air we breathe to the food we eat to the materials we use for shelter and comfort.
“Every single piece of the puzzle of life is essential and losing even the smallest of those pieces leaves us, and the entire planet, poorer. When human actions endanger hundreds of thousands of species, as they’re doing today, it is the entire biosphere – of which we too are a part – that is threatened.”
Because humanity is woven into life’s rich tapestry.
Because we all have a vital role to play.
Because we’re all part of the puzzle in the great Circle of Life.
Because We Are All Connected.