No matter where we come from…

Photo by David J. Woodbury

I firmly believe that no matter where we come from, the color of our skin, how we identify in regards to gender and sexuality, or how we chose to worship, we all want the best for our families, our children, and ourselves.

We are all human, sharing this little planet made predominantly of water (71% water to 29% land) with each other (all 7.7 billion of us) and the estimated 8.7 million species, many of which have yet to be discovered.

Our top priorities should be sustainability to save our planet, world peace, equality, but that is not the case. In today’s consumer driven world greed has taken over. The poor significantly outnumber the rich and the economic gaps continue to grow even larger with the richest 1% now owning 45% of the world’s wealth.

Here at home in the USA individuals (and groups) with wealth and in power are using their wealth and status to attempt to “divide and conquer” for their own selfish gains. In a time when we should all be accepting and celebrating our differences and coming together as a species and as members of the Earth to solve the very serious issues of climate change, poverty, inequality, ending religious conflict and wars, and many more. We are instead fighting with each other with our differences in race, religion, culture, and political affiliation as some of the driving forces behind our arguments.

As humans we are all in this life together, despite our differences this Earth belongs to none of us, and to all of us. It is our responsibility to learn about the Earth around us, its problems, and the solutions. It is our responsibility to learn about each other and learn to accept each other for who we are regardless of the differences that divide us. It is our responsibility to stand up to those in Government and say enough, war is not the answer.

The stakes are high, and we must all do our part, for our families, our children, our friends, neighbors, humanity, and most importantly for the Earth and all of her species and our collective future.

 

Candace Woodbury

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