I remember seeing my mother cry sometimes when her six kids and the schedule of the day simply overwhelmed her. So now I see and hear Mother Earth crying. As a kid, when my mother was brought to tears, overwhelmed by work on top of uncooperative kid stuff, I felt ashamed, changed my behavior, and stepped up to help her. Similarly, all who have ears to hear and eyes to see know that Mother Earth is crying because the capital-driven economy has overwhelmed her. How better to cry out than by giving us unbearable weather day after day?
Have you seen the maps of the U.S. showing over half the states sweltering with endless days 100 degree weather and parched with little or no rainfall? It’s a map of Multi Earth, corporate-driven economics. It’s also a picture of Earth crying out for the ecological sanity of a jubilee economy.
Two days ago (July 26), Commondreams posted such a map along with a quote from Drought Monitor author Richard Heim of the NOAA (Nat’l Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration):
Temperatures reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter across parts of the Great Plains to Midwest every day this week, and some locations have not had significant rain for the last 30 days. July 22 USDA statistics indicated over 90 percent of the topsoil was short or very short of moisture in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, with virtually all (99 percent) short or very short in Missouri and Illinois. Over 80 percent of the pasture and rangeland was in poor or very poor condition in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Corn, Soybean, Sorghum, and Alfalfa losses continued to mount, ponds dried up, and wells failed in several of the states.
The article goes on to say there’ll be no relief until into the fall.
The Mother of all Earth’s living is overwhelmed. Let’s change to jubilee behavior that loves her ecologically, that puts her ahead of our conveniences. Or as Gerald’s post to JEM’s blog that follows immediately after this one says, let’s cherish nature. Instead of complaining about how hot or how dry it is, let’s hear this weather as Mother Earth crying for our love. How do you suggest we respond? (Leave your comment.)