Philosophy of Ecology seminar, New Acropolis, Mumbai.

We call this planet as ” MOTHER EARTH” because she is always giving all of her inspite of what we are doing with her. Respect her and love her. Let there be harmony between the nature and us as we are a part of it and it is a part of us. 

If you are thinking that you know ecology and you know a lot of philosophy as well, then get ready for something new. When I went to attend the seminar in Colaba I thought I had the idea about how the seminar would be. But it was completely different than my expectations. I have done my masters in Microbiology which has a fair amount of ecology and other environmental studies.But the philosophy of ecology seminar on gave me a new outlook about the environment.

The session started with the introduction of all the people present and it was simply amazing to see all the nature lovers that had come together. One person was working with an NGO, they planted trees everywhere, one was living a zero waste lifestyle, one was a vegan food supplier, one was a student of environmental science and there were other few who were either nature lovers or the lovers of philosophy.

Okay, so now I better stop talking about my experience and let me just tell you all the things that were discussed in the seminar. Maybe I’ll not be able to put all of 5 hours of teaching but yes I can give you a fair idea of how amazing it was.

The first question they asked us was, what is ecology? So we all said different things according to our own idea of ecology. But the actual meaning was explained to us which we came to know about for the first time. The word ecology is derived from greek word Oikos and logik. Oikos means the place where we live and logik means idea. So the word ecology means the study or understanding of the place where we live in. The understanding of place where we live in can be limited to our house or can extend up to the entire universe or it can also mean our own body. The philosophy of ecology tells us that every living or dead is part of this ecology ( the place where we live in) and whatever we do affect us all. This is very important to understand, as we are very ignorant population.

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We were shown a short clip from Documentary SAMSARA (2011), which brought tears to my eyes as it shows how we all are stuck in this cycle of life and how our destruction is nearing us.

The population of humans on this planet was 3 billion in 1960 which have risen up to 7.4 billion in 2016 and by 2050 it is going to be 9.6 billion. Imagine the pressure we are adding on all the resources. The worst part of this is that out of 7 billion only 10%  (we belong to the category of 10%) are using 98% of all the resources. So maybe you and I  have all the luxuries of the world and we think that the resources are unlimited. We are not living on this planet as part of it, we are living here as if we own it all to ourselves and this is the reason we have a lifestyle which is causing destruction on all the levels. Every animal, every tree and every mineral on this planet are exploited by us only for our greed. The seminar went further where we discussed how the ancient civilization knew about this hence the lived for 1000’s of years on the very same planet but with harmony with nature unlike us.  Their teaching has been lost over a period of time due our ignorance and misuse of human intelligence to destroy things rather than sustaining them. So I end here by saying that either you can live on the planet as a part of it or you can continue the walking towards the end of mankind.

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Every animal, every tree and every mineral on this planet are exploited by us only for our greed. The seminar also talked about how we all are involved in the evolutionary process and every action will have its effects on the entire planet as the planet is also undergoing change with us. The seminar went further where we discussed how the ancient civilization knew about this hence they lived for 1000’s of years on the very same planet but with harmony with nature unlike us.  Their teaching has been lost over a period of time due to our ignorance and misuse of human intelligence to destroy things rather than sustaining them. So I end here by saying that either you can live on the planet as a part of it or you can continue doing whatever you are doing and together we will destroy this mother earth.

P.S The pictures attached here are not quotes but parts of a letter which was written by chief Seattle (Head of the Red Indians, in the year 1852. They were natives of the land in America who lived there before the colonist took over them) to the white men when the white men have asked them that they want to buy the remaining land. 😦 The entire content of the letter can be found on the following link. Please watch /read and if it brings tears to your eyes then yes you still have some humanity left.

 Chief Seattle’s Reply Video.

Chief Seattle’s reply letter. 

New Acropolis – India

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We also upcycled beer bottle at the end of the seminar 🙂

 

-Pooja Navale

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