DECEMBER - “Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” Albert Einstein
I start to write my December blog with sadness. No, it isn't a personal bereavement; it isn't the dire state of the country and it isn't the fear of Covid 19. Yes, we lost a much-loved member of our family this year - and old-friends too; the country is indeed in the proverbial pickle and the pandemic is a long way from being over and done with. But my tears stem from a story I have just read - about the brutality of a group of killers. They didn't kill a human being. They killed an animal - and laughed. You don't expect to read this in my blogs but this month I cannot share the wonder of Christmas if I don't speak up for the natural world first. The world which is ours to cherish. I can hardly bear the pain when I find out about the wilful slaughter and destruction of living creatures and great swathes of this amazing planet. It falls to us to educate for compassion. But first I need to know what makes these destroyers tick. What has been missing from their lives that results in their cruel havoc? In trying to understand them, however, I shall waste no time in putting forward my own love for the natural world and my passion for enabling children with a sense of place and empathetic affinity. As an educator, I have been able to guide the young to think around what they experience and to make up their own minds about how they would like to see progression for their world. My daughters now teach and I find comfort from knowing they have their own place in the system. The children who benefit from their expertise will be the next stewards of this pained planet.