Is it nature’s way to say wake the f*ck up?

She’s raging

Spitting fire of rage

Blazing flames, speeding of anger

leaving only but blackness and death

Rushing storms, thunder as bombs

with floods and destruction in the streets

Men and women dragged by the wild waters

Animals eaten by the burning flames 

Heavens opened pouring out anger 

on us, racing around like mad men

Skies broken overflowing with tears 

Our world is sick

We are sick, because we lack compassion with all that is alive

Poisoning our minds with an overload of news and numbing medicines

Building up apathy and segregation

Blinded by the things we don’t want to acknowledge 

Spots black as deep endless holes

The newborn baby will ask you what you did

If you were brave enough and helped our Mother Earth

Your daughter will ask you if you were good to her

Did you tread her softly, with honour and grace?

she will ask you

How can you answer with all the privilege you were given

that you were too self-indulgent, too lazy, too attached to give back?

Too distracted to be angry

Of endlessly taking

Without planet, there’s no life, no work, no money, no economy, no hope for better lives

We need to give back before we are completely blind

We have to stop plundering, overheating and neglecting her

Stop this act of war

Before countries will turn into deserts

And we will live in wastelands without any hope left

What will you answer

What will you tell this child

that will die of a broken world. 

Photo: Mark Timberlake/Unsplash 

6 Ways to Rewild Yourself Now.

As David Attenborough said in his latest nature documentary A Life on Our Planet: “WE MUST RE-WILD OUR WORLD”. Watching his witness statement of today’s natural world, Attenborough demonstrates the planet’s wilderness and biodiversity are rapidly declining, and it’s shocking proof.

Last year when the fight against a pandemic ruled our world – and in most countries across the globe the battle is even more alive now – we could witness unusual images as a result of the global shutdown.

As human activity stilled and people were locked down in their homes and an unprecedented silence entered metropolitan cities, wildlife responded. Wild horses appeared in the streets of Sarajevo, jackals in the heart of Tel Aviv, deer were wandering in forests during daylight, female loggerhead turtles could undisturbingly lay her eggs at closed beaches. Smoggy air turned into cleaner skies, polluted rivers turned into clearer waters. All of a sudden silence ruled the chaotic world and natural conservation could exist without human interference.

You may even say the pandemic has been a demonstration that we are not apart, but a part of the natural world. We are a part of a larger complex natural ecosystem. And our human impact is valid.

As David Attenborough said in his latest nature documentary A Life on Our Planet: “WE MUST RE-WILD OUR WORLD”. Watching his witness statement of today’s natural world, Attenborough demonstrates the planet’s wilderness and biodiversity are rapidly declining, and it’s shocking proof.

Material world

Re-wilding the world starts with re-wilding ourselves. We are so accustomed to spending most of our time indoors in air-conditioned and central heated houses and offices. We hardly know how cold or heat feels anymore. In our modern lives we often do sedentary work, we sit in front of computer screens most of the day. We watch our Twitter timeline to see the latest dramatic events in the world. We read our newspapers and magazines on the same computer screens. We let in the noise of the digital world, where conspiracies, fake news and sensational stories spread across the world straight into our living rooms. Stories that don’t seem to unite, but divide the world. Modern and fast lives, in which the connection with the natural world is completely lost. Because we are too busy living these lives. We feel that we are a part of a material world, separated from the natural world.

Bliss

It doesn’t have to be this way. There are small things we can do, on a daily basis, to bring back the connection with nature, re-wilding ourselves, because deep down the connection is there. How do we otherwise explain the joy we feel when we walk in a forest and we see deer grazing? I felt it the other day, the fresh winter air on my cheeks and the scent of dewy leaves, while I walked through the forest and dunes and young deer were running off from the distance. Pure bliss. Peace. These serene moments in the forest make us forget our mundane troubles. 

Here’s what we can do to re-wild ourselves, to end the lost connection with the natural world:

Go outside

Turn off the noise of screens and televisions and walk in the park or in the forest. 

Fill your lungs with the cleanest air. Immerse yourself in nature and watch the birds and look for their names. 

Be powered by ass, not gas

Take your bike for transport and use those strong legs to get you from A to B. Feel the wind in your hair. Breathe in the fresh air.

Get your fuel free of pesticides and plastic

Eat vegetables from a local organic farmer or a local market. Who actually wants eggplants sprayed with pesticides that kill biodiversity and which are wrapped in plastic? The dreadful amount of plastic packaging in supermarkets is hard to watch.

Re-connect with the animal kingdom

“Change our diets into mostly plant-based diets. The planet can’t support billions of meat eaters,” David Attenborough says in A Life on Our Planet and he isn’t the first conservationist and environmentalist who claims this. 

In this way we also help prevent wildlife’s habitat, like the Amazon and Brazil’s Cerrado, from being destroyed and counter deforestation.

We help making an end to factory farms which has normalized animal suffering and the killing of tens of billions of animals, like 50 billion chickens plus tens of billions of fish and shellfish each year.

Our connection to animal lives is completely lost, we consider them as food, as objects, and not as sentient beings. We keep denying their suffering and keep our heads buried in the sand. To reconnect with the animal world and to protect wildlife’s habitat, we have to change our diet and stop the animal holocaust. 

Be the gatekeeper your mind needs

We can be easily bombarded and become overwhelmed by the news each day if we’re not careful. Especially in these pandemic times the stream of negativity that flows into our world is dramatic. Watching the news, it doesn’t bring you anything, but misery. I’d rather read a good book or a well written article about the topics I care.

Really can’t miss the news updates? Allocate a time frame, for example an hour in the afternoon. If you’d rather want to keep your spirits high than low, don’t start the mornings with watching or reading the news. To me, there isn’t a worse way of starting my day.  

Feed your soul, don’t poison it.

Again, in these unusual and depressing times, we need to be extra watchful how we feed our souls. Caring for ourselves and each other is what we have to do now. Let’s surround us with people who want us to grow and who want the best for us, and vice versa. Support each other. Go for walks together. Read books that inspire. Have dreams and goals you’d like to work on. 

Grief need not harden us. It can open us. It can remind us that our highest duty is to maintain a harmonious relationship between people, nature, and spirit. ~ Nadia Owusu 

Con Amor,

Eva

Illustration by Vanessa Rose Graham

Eating Animals, but at What Price? {Editor’s Pick on Elephant Journal}.

“Oh, how I wish this information would be taught at schools, even starting with kindergartens. The fact is, waiting or pushing for a change from the top is very difficult, also having in mind the amount of money and high politics involved in conventional agriculture and industrial animal farming. There is still too much demand for meat, with emerging and fast-developing economies pushing the numbers even further. But the change can gradually come from the bottom, the grassroots. And people like you, any many others in this community, give me hope that it is possible. We just need to grow bigger and stronger.

~ Monika Zollerova

One of the comments to a new article I wrote for Elephant Journal. Thank you Monika!

Ten years ago “Eating Animals” was published, a book by Jewish American writer Jonathan Safran Foer. This important book, a fine mix of arguments, science, and storytelling, helps you understand “big agriculture” and what it means if we sustain this model. Animal cruelty is one thing, but there’s so much more to tell and this book will open your eyes.

I wrote a piece about this uncomfortable subject after I read the book. This is always a topic very close to my heart. I hope you will click on the link and read it. And if you might feel inspired, comment below the article and share it with friends, family and colleagues.

This stunning illustration has been created especially for this article by my friend Vanessa. You can see more of her amazing art here .

https://elejrnl.com?p=2601196

Thank you 💚

Con Amor,

Eva

It’s time to say: bye bye plastic egos!

Yesterday I have been to a beach clean initiated by an English DJ called Blondish who uses her fame to raise awareness about the huge plastic pollution which we are facing everywhere with her “Bye Bye Plastic Life” project. It took place during the International Music Summit, a-three-day electronic music conference on Ibiza where famous house and techno DJ’s, such as Nicole Moudaber and Adam Beyer (Awakenings!), and clubs come together to discuss issues and developments in the industry.

This morning started with rain and it feels so good. This tapping sound on the roof and windows makes me happy, especially in the night and early mornings. We witness all whims of nature in our new home more than ever. When it’s stormy, I hear the trees moving and when I sit on the ground of the terrace part, which is built on poles, I even feel the ground shaking a bit.

When the days are stormy and rainy it’s a lot of noise inside our home. Before, on stormy days, we heard wild sea noises, now we hear the sounds of trees tapping on the roof and boughs moving in the wind. We live in the middle of nature and it’s impossible to miss any change of weather here. On this sunlit island it doesn’t happen often. Probably that’s why I love rainy, stormy days on Ibiza so much.

Beach clean

Yesterday I have been to a beach clean initiated by an English DJ called Blondish who uses her fame to raise awareness about the huge plastic pollution which we are facing everywhere with her “Bye Bye Plastic Life” project. It took place during the International Music Summit, a-three-day electronic music conference on Ibiza where famous house and techno DJ’s, such as Nicole Moudaber and Adam Beyer (Awakenings!), and clubs come together to discuss issues and developments in the industry.

Within hardly an hour we found heaps of cigarette butts, plastic parts and other trash between the sand. It’s great that a young woman as Blondish spreads the message through her music and events and looks for parties to come on board, such as Ibiza Limpia, a project of Casita Verde, and Plastic Free Ibiza and many other “plastic free” initiatives that currently exist.

Egos

For all parties involved it was a nice publicity stunt. It’s interesting to watch human behaviour at such occasions, from “you’re wearing the wrong t-shirt” (t-shirt which shows the name of the other organisation) to “let me shoot some nice pictures for possible funds.”

It wasn’t about just picking up the damn trash, but it was a lot more about the (right) names and faces.

It reminded me of my time when I made a career change from law to charity work, only for a short time to replace an employee on maternity leave. A saw in this field of work many NGOs which do moreless the same work, such as beating poverty in African countries, but instead of working together they were competing each other and judging themselves as being the one and only expert. While they all work hard on the same objective, this seems to be forgotten by making it hard for each other and feeling better than the other. Of course, in the end this undermines the work that has to be done.

Egos rule, even when you do work to improve the world around you. I was disappointed back then, I know it may sound naif, but I really felt that way. It’s just as toe-curling by saying: “I am more spiritual than you are.” Where egos are supposed to have no room, they are fully present and how!

Clear mission

Obviously, I appreciate the mission of this female DJ: to eliminate the single-use-plastic within the club scene. Her mission is clear and as a former clubber I fully support it. In fact, it goes far beyond the clubs and – let’s not forget – the festivals, it’s everywhere we take a (dancing) step.

And now with some upbeat tunes…

It’s about time we say bye bye!

Con Amor,

Eva

Albatross Child {Poem}

I’m watching the magical albatross
With her fluffy coat and clumpsy step
Waiting for the time to spread her majestic wings
Lifted by the wind to cross the endless ocean

Starting life on her own
This adorable albatross child
With her stomach full of sadness

I’m watching the albatross
Her brothers and sisters are suffering
Until death releases them from their pain
Until death lifts their weakened wings

There’s a killer out there
Made by human hands
Wanted by human wants
That never stop wanting

The albatross child closes her eyes now
Her feathered wings unable to carry her to rise in the sky
Only death could make them soar
And the oceans turn red

Albatross babies with plastic inside
It doesn’t take long before it’s there
The suffering
The lifting by death’s wings

I’m watching this cowardly killed albatross child
I whisper words of salvation nobody hears
but the heavens above
I whisper no more suffering

I whisper compassion
I whisper truth
I whisper awakening
I whisper a new time

I whisper hope that screams

I whisper magic

And I howl love.

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First poem ever that has been published. On my dad’s ✞ birthday the 11th of December:  http://theurbanhowl.com/2018/12/11/magical-albatross-child-eva-de-vor/ 

My first poetry book with new poems – which I haven’t published on instagram.com/evalunes.poetry –  will be available in spring 2019. Stay tuned for more updates soon! ♡

Con Amor,

Eva

Photo by Lalo/Unsplash 

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