“They Know Not What They Do”

Posted on September 13, 2011 by Amy Lenzo

What the Oil Spill Reveals About Our Ethical “Gulf”
by Catriona MacGregor

The recent oil spill in the Gulf is one of our worst environmental disasters with thousands of gallons of oil pouring into the ocean every day harming thousands of living things from Sea Turtles to Dolphins.  This occurrence reflects our society’s disconnection from Natural Laws and lack of regard for life.  Since all life is sacred and connected, we not only harm other species, we harm ourselves.

The oil spill and other man made damage to other life – affects us at a deep level.  More and more people are experiencing a profound sadness and sense of loss when our actions harm other species.  Since we are connected to other life forms at not just physical level, but also at an energetic and spiritual level, it is no wonder that we experience emotional and psychic pain when we destroy life.  In “Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth” I refer to this rising syndrome as “eco-anxiety”.

Human beings are inextricably tied to other life.  With each species that disappears from the Earth, we lose a little bit of ourselves.  Yet, by adopting the ethical construct that all life is sacred we can save the Earth.

Please join me in fostering a new ethic and taking action by:
➢    Following natural laws to develop sustainable non-polluting technology: a field known as Bio-mimicry – (essentially mimicking how nature does things).  Solar cells are an excellent example of bio-mimicry where we learned from plants how to get energy directly from the sun.
➢    Demanding that your tax dollars and government subsidies be taken away from expensive, dangerous, and polluting fossil fuel industries and invested instead into a sustainable technology like solar.  For example, such as giving subsidies directly to homeowners and business owners to install solar panels.  Once installed – the energy from the sun is FREE.
➢    Considering that not only is all life sacred, but that we need to believe and act accordingly in all ways.
➢    Honoring and give thanks to nature and other living things: By being a witness to and honoring the Earth and the animals impacted by this oil spill we acknowledge their worth.
➢    Making changes in your own life and pray that others see that nature, the animals and trees, are but extensions of the same divinity and love that exists within each human heart.
➢    Knowing that there is always the opportunity for redemption in every moment, for the animals, for you, for me and for the Earth.


Catriona has been a voice for animals and wild places all her life. Catriona leads Vision Quests and Nature Quests to help people connect to nature and their own unique path in life. She is the author of “Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth” and co-author of “Healing the Heart of the World: Harnessing the Power of Intention to Change Your Life and the Planet”, along with Carolyn Myss, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Masaru Emoto, Fritjof Capra, Thich Nhat Hanh, et al.

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