This weekend my brother Will Strongheart and I were walking along the water at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park. As we gazed in amazement at how the moon illuminated the water we couldn’t help but admire the beauty of this planet. No picture or filter could capture what we stared at in amazement that night. And as we watched the water peacefully ripple we couldn’t help but be thankful for the beauty the Creator has blessed us with.
But in looking at the peacefulness of the water we also had to acknowledge the power and mystery of the water. How it can erode rock and create canyons, how it provides homes for animals, food for plants. Our bodies are 60 percent water and our planet is 71 percent water. I mention this because on April 13 and 14 it was reported that ETP spilled two million gallons of drilling material in Ohio. ETP is the same company that was behind the Dakota Access Pipeline project. And it is said that they have now contaminated two of Ohio’s few remaining wetlands.
What a lot of us don’t realize is that when we contaminate the Earth, the side effects never go away. Poisoning the water is also poisoning wild life, human beings, and the plants and soil that use that water. This vicious cycle affects us all in one way or another. Our planet has a way of ridding itself of these toxins and pollution, and it has a way of reminding us of its power. We see tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters. I see these as wake up calls that show us just how minute we are in the overall scheme of things. And we should be humbled by how kind nature is to us even with our lack of appreciation.
My fear is that we will continue to mistreat and under appreciate our planet until there isn’t a planet left for us to live on. We have the ability to heal our planet and restore the old teachings and traditions that encouraged us to give back to our planet. That’s what rewilding is all about, it’s a quest to become more naturally considerate as well as becoming more in tune with yourself and others. Here at CANA we’ve got so many initiatives and ways to do just that, from the CANA Project with myself and Will, to our Rewilding curriculum with Catherine Epstein. These are all ways we plan to inspire others to become more naturally considerate. And our first battle is saving these 50,000 wild horses.
About CANA Foundation
CANA Foundation’s mission is to responsibly restore an ecological balance in our environment through specific rewilding initiatives. These projects support harmony between the humans, plants, and animals that inhabit U.S. rangelands and focus on the restoration of our land’s native habitats through natural resources and indigenous species, like America’s wild horses. CANA initiatives work towards long-term, sustainable solutions that prevent further land degradation, protect and preserve wild horse populations, and encourage a beneficial, thriving ecosystem for today and tomorrow.
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