MESSAGE: David Attenborough reminds us all of our responsibility to our planet.WHEN I was very ill a couple of years ago, a friend gave me a round terrarium. It looks like a small goldfish bowl.
It came with pebbles, moss and an air plant that didn’t need watering, just the occasional misting spray. It sits on the kitchen bench, sometimes neglected for weeks (I actually managed to kill the low-needs air plant), sometimes rehabilitated with new plantings and arrangements.
It came with a couple of tiny plastic flamingos on long wire legs but these have since been joined by other creatures suggestive of other worlds: a tiny TARDIS from a key chain, a small Dalek, and so on.
Now that it’s Christmas, the terrarium is hosting a tiny nativity scene. It is a Frog Nativity, with two plastic frogs that I’ve had forever representing Mary and Joseph.
They’re surrounded by three Wise Men arriving by Crazy Camel Train (Kellogg’s breakfast cereal toys from 1969) and other old cereal toy Australian animals including the kangaroo, kookaburra and emu. They’re all focused on the infant in his shell bed padded with the soft dry roots of home-grown garlic representing hay.
I’ve added a tiny translucent green spoon from a long-ago Christmas cracker which looks, in context, looks quite like a tadpole.
Baby Jesus as tadpole? Yes. For me this is a season to celebrate the utter miracle and mystery of life in all its forms.
This year, as we know, has been a vexed one, and many celebrated human beings have died.\
This year, giraffes appeared for the first time on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s “red list” of endangered species. But life does go on. New beings are being born in a constant swirl.
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas and other religious and cultural landmarks from School’s Out to Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve, it’s worth reflecting that our own lives depend on and are entangled with other lives: plant, animal, bacteria, parasite, human being.
To help us reflect, we have the irreplaceable David Attenborough speaking to us directly from our luminous screens. Yes, it’s a promotion for his latest TV show, Planet Earth II, but at his age, and with biodiversity in such parlous state, his message is both profound and precious.
With long white hair blowing in the wind, he reminds us that our responsibility is not just to future generations of human beings:“It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on earth.”
Tracy Sorensen is president of Bathurst Community Climate Action Network. Visit 梧桐夜网bccan.org419论坛This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.