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We have been reading articles that answer the question, “What does Earth ask of us?” All the authors assume that we need to change how we relate to nature, given the devastating impact human activity is having on ourselves, other species and on the environment in which we all live. The writers take similar but distinct positions in answering the question. You have summarized, analyzed and responded to the articles in your writing assignments.

Now it is your turn to answer the same question: What does Earth ask of us? What kind of attitude do we need to adopt towards nature? How do we need to change the way we live and interact with nature and the planet? Be sure to include how these ideas could be put into practice in the real world.

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             Indeed, the earth asks of as so many things as human beings. As much as it has all that it requires and it has provided Human being with so many things ranging from food, shelter, water, birthplaces, and spiritual solace, it also wants nature to play its part by taking care of all these resources the earth has provided us with. The earth asks of us to form a relationship of reciprocity and renewal with it. Through such a relationship, we will be able to conserve our natural resources, like forests, mountains, natural water sources, and the ozone layer from depletion.

            The earth also requires us to maintain nature that exists among ourselves and consider ourselves as part of nature. Human being must understand that they are part of nature and the earth can exist without them. In most cases, human being has taken themselves not part of nature by considering themselves masters of nature. They have always imagined that they are above all laws of nature. But because all species will ultimately at one point go extinct, so will human being too. This implies that human beings are not masters of nature, but instead they should be stewards of nature bearing in mind that they are part of nature (Kimmerer 3).

            The earth also wants human being to be stewards of nature, and this example has been shown by the environmentalists. If human being fails to be stewards of nature, then they will at one point become extinct by their own heavy hands. Human being can cause global warming to the environment where they live, and recovery from this can be very difficult, hence deaths will occur due to the disasters caused. But the earth on its own can recover from such disasters once part of nature that caused the disaster has become extinct, and the planet can be flourishing again (Doyle 21).

            Therefore the earth requires human being to figure out anything they do to the environment and pay attention to clues provided by the earth. For instance, in cases of global warming, there will be increase in temperature above normal, and the presence of very dangerous radiations that can destroy nature.

            If human beings pay attention to such a clue, then they will in turn look at ways through which they can conserve the natural environment, by either avoiding deforestation so that much of the carbon dioxide causing global warming can be utilized by plants, or avoiding the excessive utilization of fossil fuels. Therefore human beings should at all times ask themselves how often they pay attention to the clues provided by the earth since this clues are hints to the natural disasters the earth faces, even though it can recover from them (Kimmerer 1).

            Human being should therefore not look at themselves as masters of the earth, and that they have dominion over the earth since from such position, they will be exploiting and abusing it. They will fail to pay attention to the earth’s clues that requires them to adopt better practices like endless zero –emission energy by trying to tap free sunlight energy (Doyle 1).  

            For these reason, human being should consider themselves as stewards just the way environmentalists have done it. Stewardship will make as responsible and able to conserve and take care of the earth. The earth on its own has provided as with so many gifts, and it will still provide us with more only if we show our gratitude by lowering our status in it, and conserving and taking care of it (Kumar 1).

            The totality of existence in the earth is contributed to by each and every species in earth. Human being is valued most in the conservation of the earth since they have their own developed senses, consciousness, intelligence and ability to communicate. The other species also have certain unique abilities that human beings do not have. This implies that both human and non-human life in earth have intrinsic value, and human being is needed to accept this fact  so that they can be able to experience the integrity, beauty, the generosity, the exuberance, and the economy holding the entire web of life (Kimmerer 2). Human being should know that just the way they hold a special place in the universe so does the worms, fungi, fruit, flower, oceans, butterflies, macro and microorganisms, and mountains.

            Human being should therefore have deep observations about existence, and learn from nature rather than learning about nature. This is because nature is the greatest teacher, and it is all that the earth wants us to learn from.

            In addition, we should be active participants in the well-being of the earth. Reciprocity should be upheld at all time for the earth to remain balance, and for the gifts the earth provides us with to continue flowing. For instance, flowers provide insects with nectar. But at the same time, insects will initiate pollination of the flower (Kumar 2). This shows that, the earth require us to use its gifts for the benefit of all.

            The earth only asks us to turn our gifts to healing the damage we have done. It provides us with sunlight, that when we trap, we will get energy safe for use without emmissions. From this, we would have saved the earth from global warming by stopping the use of fossil fuels (Kumar 2).

            In conclusion, the earth needs us to live in a way that is grateful to it, and that we should give our own gifts on behalf of life. We can only do these when we stop being masters to the earth by becoming stewards. Stewardship will make us feel to be part of nature, and therefore not separate ourselves from nature. BY doing this, we will conserve and take care of the earth at all times.

Work cited

Doyle, Brian. “What is the Single Greatest Virtue of our Species?” Center for Humans & Nature.2013. Web. 12 April 2014, pp.1-2

Kimmerer, Robin. “Returning the Gift.” Center for Humans & Nature. 2013. Web. 12 April 2014, pp.1-3

Kumar, Satish. “Learning from Nature.” Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine. The Resurgence Trust, n.d. Web. 26 April 2015, pp.1-2

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