Helping humanity to save humanity

Scientists from around the world have said that if we don’t act soon to curb the effects of a warming planet, humanity will be in trouble. How does that information affect us? It may be causing us to feel helpless, depressed, angry, insignificant, afraid, etc.

One thing I have realized, and I am certainly not the first to realize this, is that we need each other to save ourselves. We need each one of us here and we need our planet. Each of us is an integral part of this humanity and of this planet. And we all need to work on saving our planet in order for us to survive. It is a situation that truly is beyond just one person taking action.

We have a deep connection to the natural world and that connection is necessary for us- all of us. We don’t necessarily have to like camping, but we are all connected to the natural world and we can enjoy nature in many different ways, to connect to our planet Earth.

Whether you have been thinking about this for a long time or are just now really starting to think about this or haven’t really thought about it at all, I want to invite you today to consider the ways we are connected to this Earth, to each other, and to solutions and moving forward.

Today’s writing involves looking at a piece of nature, whether it is a mountain, a forest, an herb garden, a tree, or a house plant.

Write about the following (either choose a few or go for all of them):

  1. What do you notice about it? (sight, sound, smell, texture)
  2. How do you feel about this piece of nature?
  3. How is it impacted by you and how are you impacted by it?
  4. Is there a connection between caring for this piece of nature and caring for others? If so, what is that connection?
  5. How do you see you helping yourself? You helping others? You helping the planet?
  6. How are we in this together? Humanity saving itself?
  7. If it is not this piece of nature that you love, what is a piece of nature that you do love?
  8. How do you feel connected to the natural world? Or, how do you feel disconnected to the natural world and what can you do to feel more connected?

Our connection to each other and our connection to this planet Earth are very similar, perhaps even one in the same. How do you see that connection? What might you write about it?

Thank you for thinking about your great connection to this planet and to humanity. Thank you for being a part of this journey here on Earth. Thank you for writing today.

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Be well.



Published by lizawolfffrancis

Liza Wolff-Francis is a poet and writer with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College who is proud to have served two terms as a member of the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program’s Selection Committee. She was co-director for the 2014 Austin International Poetry Festival and a member of the 2008 Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team. She has an ekphrastic poem posted in Austin’s Blanton Art Museum by El Anatsui’s sculpture “Seepage” and her work has most recently appeared in Steam Ticket, eMerge, Minute Magazine, Weaving the Terrain: 100 Word Southwestern Poems, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Poetic Routes, Poetry Pacific, Edge, and on various blogs. She has a chapbook out called Language of Crossing (2015, Swimming with Elephant Publications), which is a collection of poems about the Mexico- U.S. border. She loves breakfast food, popcorn and dark chocolate.

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