Converging environmental crises
(Healingtalks) Among the converging crises of our times are the simultaneous pollution of our air, waters, land and internally of our own bodies. A right-brain approach is to first look at the overall or whole impact, including on the entirety of our planet. Global warming is especially an indication that pollution is now affecting the full global ecology of the Earth. The major converging threads include the following:
Smog was so bad at the Olympics in Peking China that factories had to be temporarily closed. In the US, roughly 10% of the population suffers from lung ailments, chiefly asthma.
This affects our seas, rivers, streams, groundwater and ultimately the drinking waters we intimately take into our bodies’ cells which are mostly made up of water. In the Pacific Ocean, for example, there is a patch of pollution that stretches nearly a thousand miles and is filled with plastics. A recent EPA study showed that 100% of fish tested in hundreds of rivers were polluted with mercury and other heavy metals. Medical surveys have repeatedly shown traces of dozens of toxic chemicals in blood serums, mother’s milk and the placenta fluids that so vitally affect the growth of newborns.
There are thousands of super-toxic waste sites on our planet and their contents continually seep into the surrounding grounds. The use of herbicides and pesticides may help grow selected or isolated crops. However, this renders billions of acres otherwise life-less. A local organic farmer told me of the time he visited a “conventional” (chemically polluted) farm and noted that it was virtually sterilized or absent of life compared to his organic farm.
We are impacted
Because life on earth is deeply interconnected, we are not immune from the above global environmental impacts. It is little wonder that now 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 2 men can expect cancer in their lifetimes. This is why it is so vital that we all evolve regimes for regularly detoxing our bodies.
Land, Air, Sea Pollution: