Quote of the Week: Spring 2017, Week 14

Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.
The Dalai Lama

 It’s Earth Week, and Leeward is celebrating our one-and-only planet! There’s a great variety of activities available, with the focus on sustainability.  Learn how to save and grow seeds, take a tour of our campus’ native plants, make art from recycled materials, and much more! Here’s a link to the program for the week….and here are a couple of things to think about or discuss:

  • Different cultures have vastly different attitudes toward, and relationships with, the natural world. Native Hawaiians, Native Americans (American Indians), and many other indigenous peoples have seen themselves as a part of nature, with a responsibility for taking care of the land, sea, plants and animals, to ensure their continued survival (sustainability). On the other hand, until recently, many people from so-called Western cultures were more likely to view themselves as apart from nature, which they regarded as their property to use or exploit for their own profit, often without considering sustainability. While this view of nature is less dominant now than it has been, and 97% of scientists accept that human activity is the major cause of climate change, many powerful people still deny the validity of climate change and promote use of fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources that damage our planet. What do you think it would take to change their priorities?
  • Next Saturday, scientists and others will participate in a March for Science in more than 500 cities around the world to express the value of science in our lives and support the need for scientific research. You can participate in the Honolulu march (beginning at 3 pm at UH-Manoa), or follow the news coverage of this global event, intended to be “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.”