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Written by Garnet McPherson

THERE ARE 1000’s OF ELEPHANTS IN OUR ROOM! - Experts are saying “The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.”1 That translates into as many as 100,000 species becoming extinct each year. That’s would mean over 270 species disappearing each day and buy cialis in europe just in the time you picked up this article and began to read it, several species will have left this planet forever!
If those scientists are right then I don’t think we need to debate the fact that we have a BIG PROBLEM that not enough people are talking about. The elephant in our room is the huge loss of biodiversity which is occurring at this point in history. The even bigger elephant in the room is that this is but a symptom of the fact that the eco systems that our biosphere depends on, are in grave danger of collapsing.  If unchecked we could bare witness to a mass extinction on this planet like never before.
One might say the writing on the wall has become a billboard yet we are managing to ignore it, choosing instead to looking at the traffic lights that are telling us what to do next…  blind to the impending catastrophe ahead.
If a miner hears his canary go silent he gets out of the mine as fast as he can and investigates the cause.  Yet human kind have hundreds of species going silent each day and we are not mounting an urgent response to natures sign that something is seriously wrong in our habitat.
Today we face many complex issues that present a variety of social, economic, political and environmental challenges. As we get caught up in discussing what we see as important issues to our way of life it is easy to loose sight of the fact that all these issues pale in comparison to conserving and preserving the eco systems upon which our entire future depends. The environmental issues we face today could have a profound impact not only on our society but on the future of life as we know in on planet Earth.
All the solutions to the other issues we may want to explore depend first on our ability to create a sustainable context in which to solve these other problems. The Latin route of “ECO” means “WHOLE.” and the truth is that we need to take care of our ECOsystems first and foremost if we want any of our sub systems to survive.  For example it seems our leaders too easily loose sight of the fact that a healthy economy is completely dependant on the healthy eco systems in which it exists. 
Issues like climate change and preserving the biodiversity of nature demand our utmost attention. Without a way of living sustainably, current human activity will continue to destroy the very delicate balance of the eco systems in which we live. The tragedy seems to be that humans in a combination of greed, arrogance and i recommend ignorance seems to be prepared to interfere with Eco systems which we do not even fully understand yet, with potentially devastating consequences, all in the name of “progress”.
 Nearly 8 billion people share this Earth along with over a billion other incredible species all of which depend entirely on the ongoing stability and sustainability of our natural environment.  We are so numerous and so powerful in our impact on the environment that we have been unconsciously changing most of the eco systems on the planet. It is time for our civilizations to grow up and take full responsibility for what we have done and to take on the role of stewards for this planets natural heritage.
The coming generation will be inheriting the biggest challenge of any generation before and many young people are becoming aware of the scope of the tasks ahead. My daughter Meriya McPherson put it well as she was working on a recent essay “like the complex intricate systems within a food chain, one issue on this planet does not stand alone. To positively effect our environment, a societal shift in thinking needs to take place. These issues were not caused by one person, nor was it caused by one group, one country, one continent but by the global population as a whole.  That population will need to take on the challenge of healing the planet together. The way we have been thinking about our relationship with our environment is the reason we have the problems we have today. That is what must change.”3
To a large extent, at least in the western world, we saw ourselves as separate from nature rather than part of nature. Unfortunately our natural environment has suffered the consequences of this collective delusion. 
How we think about our environmental challenges, and as a result how we respond to them may be both our biggest challenge and our biggest opportunity.
Since the industrial revolution, human civilization has become detached from the land on which we all rely. We have lost respect for the earth on which we walk and the other habitats our path may disturb. We have seen ourselves as lords over nature rather than care takers entrusted with preserving it. To a large extent humans have been walking down a trail to our future with blinkers on, blind to the impact of our steps. Blind to the devastation we leave in our wake.  This must change.
Einstein once said that “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”2  So what we need more than anything else at this point in our history is a paradigm shift.  A change in our global awareness.  A change in our understanding of our relationship to the natural world.  
Other generations have had to overcome major challenges like disease, famine, war, and natural disasters before. But the largest challenge of them all lays before us. No other generation has had to face the survival of life on planet Earth as their challenge but this generation must.  
Previous generations may have been ignorant of the consequences of their actions and did the best they could with what they knew at the time.  However the consequences of these choices have been profound and earth changing. It seems to me that it falls on the elders that have seen the follies of mans actions of the past to lead this new generation toward creating a society that exists in balance with nature and creates the possibility of a truly sustainable future.  
Today we need leaders from every generation on earth today that are willing to look at the Elephant in the room talk about it. We need leaders to come forth who can spread the understanding that we are all stewards of our natural heritage and must make that responsibility a priority in our lives and in our culture. We also need leaders like you and me that are willing to make small changes that have a large impact and only best offers to share those changes with others.
How does one grow a sustainable culture?...  By engaging, informing and empowering the population to move toward positive change. By sowing seeds of sustainability through the education of this and the next generation we will harvest a gradual a shift towards a sustainable culture.  
This is the reason we created Sustainable Living Magazine and this is the reason that so many are contributing to the collective experience we share in these pages.   This is the reason we must all do what we can to raise awareness about our environmental challenges and the possible solutions to those challenges.
The transition to a sustainable culture begins with small steps that leave small footprints. But these steps can, in time, change our world.
By helping people to see that they are very much a part of nature and part of the big picture they can also understand how all things are connected and that they are in fact a part of what makes this planet so special.
By enabling people to recognize that they have the power to make new decisions and live in new ways, we can empower them as agents of positive local, national and order cialis site global change.  As my daughter said it “We must change our world one person at a time, one family at a time, one tribe at a time, one culture at a time, if we are to create a sustainable future for us all.”3  The seed can start with one person that takes their responsibility to future generations seriously and from there it spreads acting like a catalyst that enables others to take first steps and to be part of positive cultural change.
If we all are educated about how our planet provides our entire life support system and if we were shown how we could adjust our lifestyle to nurture and preserve our natural environment.  Nature will, in turn, nuture us. 
As individuals, as families, as communities, as nations, we must be prepared to think about the consequences of all our actions and ensure that they honor the needs of nature and of future generations to come.  
In the real world, that is the only path to a sustainable future for us all.
1 WWF 
2 1997 book The Living Company 
3 2013 Essay by Meriya Gmeiner-McPherson
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