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Restoring ecological belonging – a call to heal our planet

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Earth has recently marked a concerning environmental milestone, experiencing a full year with temperatures 1.5C higher than pre-industrial levels, signaling an urgent warning about our accelerating environmental crisis
• This coincides with a reflection on the missed opportunities at the COP28 meeting in the United Arab Emirates, where despite high attendance and discussions, concrete actions towards a global energy transition were insufficient, overshadowed by corporate and national interests

🔭 The context: The article highlights a necessary paradigm shift in our relationship with nature, emphasizing interconnectedness and the drastic changes needed to foster a sustainable future
• It criticizes the failure of the COP28 meeting to effectively address climate change, advocating for a deeper appreciation of our dependency on a healthy planet and the political will to drive significant environmental policy changes

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Highlighting the current biodiversity crisis, particularly the loss of one-third of North America's breeding bird populations over the last 50 years, the article underscores the critical need for acknowledging and addressing the environmental damage caused by human disconnect from nature
• It calls for holistic approaches to environmental problems, such as water security, and stresses the importance of protecting ecosystems like mangroves that are vital for combating climate change and preserving biodiversity.

⏭️ What's next: Advocating for fundamental shifts in mindset towards recognizing the damage being done, understanding our place in complex ecosystems, and reconnecting with nature's rhythms. These shifts are essential for developing new forms of education and wisdom traditions that emphasize our ecological belonging and can drive the behavioral and policy changes needed for a sustainable relationship with our planet.

💬 One quote: "If the planet’s survival depends on short-sighted calculations of self-interest, we are doomed."

📈 One stat: "We have lost one-third of our breeding bird populations in North America over the last 50 years – that’s almost 2.9 billion birds."

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