I have been fortunate to see many parts of the earth. I enjoy the manicured countryside of Britain, where thousands of years of humanity’s occupation has created a landscape quiet unlike that which these islands originally had. I have better enjoyed the landscapes of places where humanity has not been able, as of yet, to change. Those wild places are not easy to inhabit and not profitable in material terms, so humanity has changed them, sometimes devastated them and frequently spoiled them.
“They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbours away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.”
A Lakota Sioux, known to us as Sitting Bull, said that. He understood that the environment is everything around us; the environment does not include us who shelter within it. For generations most humans have claimed the earth for their own use, at the expense of those who shared the earth for the common good.
Those you shared the earth for the common good have been slaughtered, decimated and marginalised. Those who have sought to own the earth have prevailed over gentler beings that saw the earth as a home in which to live their lives, and not as a means of acquiring wealth and power.
“What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down”