The Healing Earth Introduction outlined four steps to help you move from preparation to action. These were:
- See a problem that you want to address.
- Study the scientific and social aspects of the problem (the 5 Ws).
- Imagine possible action responses that are ethically coherent and spiritually genuine.
- Select one of these action responses, perform the action and monitor results.
You may want to go back to the Healing Earth Introduction and review what goes into each step. Below are ideas that invite you to see a problem related to natural resources, gather information, analyze the problem, develop responses, and perform an action.
1. The exponential growth of mining and other extractive industries over the last decade has had a devastating impact on Earth’s resources. The organization Yes to Life, No to Mining has an excellent website that tracks mining operations around the world and suggests what you can do to support protection of the natural world.
2. Take a concrete action against soil erosion as a class or an individual by looking at these images (and descriptions) of ways to prevent soil erosion, then brainstorm about which prevention method you could use, and chose the ones that are best suited for your area. Visit the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) website to see how soil erosion is a global problem and learn about what is being done around the world to address it.
3. Overfishing is a major ecological problem. 80% of the world’s fisheries are fully- or over-exploited, depleted, or in a state of collapse. Check out SeafoodWatch to learn more about this problem and what you can do about it.
4. Earth’s insects, fish, and animals are a tremendous natural resource. In the Biodiversity Chapter you learned about the problem of species extinction. The Endangered Species Coalition website suggests ten things we can do to reduce species extinction.
5. In the past 35 years, the Western Canada Wilderness Committee has protected over 50 pristine forest areas from being destroyed. Visit their website and see how you can take action to protect forests.