I started this blog with the purpose to learn and then write about a subject that interested me greatly, and that is wellbeing. But also, my approach to wellbeing is a holistic one. We are people and, indeed, inside us, there is a rich universe on its own. But, we are also animals that roam on this planet, and thus there are other animals (relationships), surroundings (environment) and activities (work) that will have a huge impact on our wellbeing.
Now, I might say I am a newbie regarding the environmental crisis. Just realising the world around us matter, our trees and birds give us life. This is something I’ve particularly noticed since I moved to London. Back in Barcelona, my hometown, we didn’t have these marvellous parks around the city with squirrels, mice, birds of all kinds… No, I was lucky if I saw a sparrow from time to time, and trees were scarce. Just the necessary to provide some shade during the overwhelming summers.
But oh my God nature has saved us during this pandemic. Can you imagine 2020 without parks, birds, trees, flowers, gardens? We resorted to nature during our darkest hour, and it saved us. And we must ask ourselves, why.
What have we been doing wrong
For this question, I am going to tell you three stories. They are just a sample of many more that have been going on around the world.
Bison, wolf, and bees. These three animals are animals affected by extinction or slow removal of their natural habitats. They tell us three very different stories about what is going on with our relationship with the wildness but each story is important while trying to understand what we have been doing wrong until now.
The first story I want to tell you about is the one for the European Bison. Now, luckily this is a species that has dodged extinction and right now is “only” considered near dangered but, there was a moment during the 20th century that they were hunted into extinction in the wild.
Why should we care? Well, the bison is a keystone species. That is, it plays a huge part in their environment. Please find below a brilliant picture with the benefits of the presence of the Bison in the wild:
Luckily in the past 70 years, there have been huge conservationists movements to bring back the Bison to Europe and this has saved the species in the continent. There is a plan to reintroduce great numbers of wild bison in the UK for 2022. But there is still so much work to be done for this marvellous species and many others. Please, visit this page to know more!
Now, this is an animal that gets mixed emotions all around. Some fear and hate them, some even hunt them. And others are marvelled by them. As per me, I respect all wild animals as what they are: wild animals. No pets, not monsters. And, who would have known, the wolf is also a keystone species.
I’m originally from Spain, as I’ve already mentioned, and I know we have our fight there. There, we have our Iberian wolf, which we share with Portugal. Recently we managed to get wolf-hunting banned, and that was a huge achievement, but the Government is being heavily pressured mainly by cattle-raising societies for obvious reasons. I just feel it’s really sad a beautiful autochthonous species needs to die to produce an amount of meat humanity doesn’t need.
Now, here is a tricky one. I think we all know bees are being damaged and their population gradually declining. This is caused by several factors: harmful pesticides, pollution, loss of habitat, etc. Not that it doesn’t affect the rest of the insects.
Why do we care? Well, first of all, we love honey, and honey producers love the money they make from it. But, we also love to have flowers in spring, and tomatoes and oranges and that kind of thing, right? Bees, among other insects, are natural pollinators. That means, in their search for nectar, they get all covered in the plant’s pollen. When they go to the next plant, they inevitably lay the pollen in this other plant. And then basically that plant can have baby fruits, which some might end in our bellies and others will end in other being’s bellies and as the Lion King sings, the circle of life continues.
Why do I believe this is a tricky one? Well because the most famous bee in the world is the honeybee, and it’s being fiercely protected. And, don’t get me wrong, I think that’s great. But, let’s not forget that other species of bees don’t produce honey but still are perfect pollinators. Oh, and on that note, let’s not forget about butterflies, flies, beetles and other insects that are also good pollinators and need to be protected as well.
These are the three stories I wanted to share with you today. We will continue exploring this subject together in the future, as it is of the utmost importance. Please, feel free to share your thoughts with me on this matter. And if you want to learn more, check the sites below!