In the developed world we have long held the belief that we are advanced as a society. Technologically that may seem the case, but concerning the many other vital components required for successful societies, we are lacking greatly.

Consider the societies of indigenous peoples around the globe, particularly that of the Aborigines of Australia. Over 60,000+ years they perfected their relationship with the natural world around them.

Meanwhile our obsession with possessing more than we need has brought about unprecedented ecological damage which amongst other things has triggered a truly catastrophic event — climate change.

I don’t believe there is a magic pill, but I do believe in our species. Let’s shift our focus as a society. Let's protect and restore the natural world upon which we depend.

Let’s become planet Earth’s greatest asset.

Joseph Merz