Responsible action with a dose of practical wisdom.
As we all come from, and share, a common planet, there is a responsibility to all of life on earth in all our actions. When we stay in the home of a friend, it is reasonable to say we won’t ruin their home or life during the time we are staying; if this happens then someone has made a bad choice in friends.
Before action I like to ask three questions: how will this action impact me, others, nature? If an action has adverse impact on self, others and nature, is it responsible to consider an alternative action?
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to come into a business project involving conservation of an ancient wood outside of Colchester. The individual who was to run the project wanted to purchase a car so that they could transport items around the wood, and pull heavy logs. I objected to the car, as I had done my impact questioning.
- The oil, gasoline, will pollute the atmosphere, the ground and the water in the wood.
- The car noise will disturb and distress wildlife.
- The travels of the car will destroy plants and kill animals in the wood.
- The car will leave unpleasant smells upon the ground and in the air of oil, gasoline and rubber that interferes with scent trails of the wildlife; and who wants to stick their nose into these types of smells? not me, so not animals.
I looked for an alternative to the car. Practical wisdom can be applied to such problems, and I proposed the use of horses as a method of transport, and to pull logs. For larger logs, the giant shire horses could be used.