A Passage to Perception
Golden fields of grass sway in the warm wind, with blades like countless, slender, diminutive figures dancing in the climbing sun.
Birds flutter in the mist, attempting to instill life into the deserted wooden poles which guard the lake with desolate austerity.
Jewel-coloured leaves rain from an autumn sky, uniting to weave a beautiful blanket, swallowing the earth with an abundance of splendid softness.
Bright flowers flirt with the breeze, purple drops of joy, sparkling splashes of colour against the green backdrop of rolling fields, precious little gems adorning the face of the earth.
The ocean plays daringly with its waves; ruthlessly throwing them around jagged-edged rocks, breaking them in like galloping white horses, wild and spirited, melting one into another without mercy.
A river winds its way through snow-covered plains, refusing to resemble its ivory surroundings, bravely standing its ground against the harsh winter, under the watchful eye of the majestic mountains.
And sharing in all of these breathtakingly beautiful wonders of Earth are the living riches, the exquisite creatures roaming its surface: An immense wealth of millions of global species, with an amazing, complex interdependency that exists between them.
One of the most beautiful interactions between different species is the profound bonds that have existed for thousands of years between humans and animals; mutually beneficial and dynamic relationships that are influenced by behaviours considered essential to the health and well-being of both.
Sadly, by virtue of the resources they consume, growing human populations are altering the planet in rudimentary ways, resulting in the loss of vital animal and plant species throughout the world. Eco-system destruction and the loss or reduction of a species in an environment lead to consequences which are devastating, and often, also irreversible.
It is time to realize that every single species plays an equally important ecological role in maintaining a sustainable future, and that the human well-being depends greatly on the preservation of biodiversity.
We can all contribute to keeping our planet alive and healthy, by remembering that we are all part of its interconnected web, and that everything relies on everything else around it.
Let us act before it is too late. Take a stand NOW.
©2015 Louise du Toit