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Repairing the World
Over three-quarters of the earth’s land mass is being directly affected by human activity. Some areas are affected indirectly, through climate change, for example. The natural habitat for most creatures on this planet is shrinking, and experts estimate that within the next century more than half of all species of plants and wildlife will be extinct. According to conventional wisdom, the human environment (urban and agricultural areas) is a hostile one for wildlife, leaving little room for any other species to thrive.

It begs the question: Is there a possibility to utilize the world’s resources to feed a growing world population, while at the same time preserving the environment and supporting bio-diversity?

A surprising and well-reasoned answer can be found in an article published in the scientific journal Nature. The article takes the unexpected stance that the human environment, and agriculture in particular, can actually be beneficial for supporting biodiversity. Their research suggests practical recommendations for achieving conservation on one hand while producing an adequate quality and quantity of food to meet the needs of the human population.

The multi-disciplinary knowledge required to implement their proposals already exists. The researchers reassure us that with some international cooperation backed up by appropriate legislation and enforcement, the world can be rehabilitated faster than we’d ever believe.

The ideal of global rehabilitation cannot be achieved without international commitment to the ideal, and actual dedication of resources towards this end. Moaning about the problem won’t do a bit of good. And the same holds true for a different sort of global rehabilitation – the kind that will finally lift the veil of darkness from the universe and allow G-d to be freely expressed. The capability is already there, we just need the commitment to make it happen. When all of us work together and increase in acts of goodness and kindness, we change the world in a concrete, palpable way, to make it brighter, holier and more habitable.
And when that happens, we will no longer have to worry about extinctions or pollution or climate change. The vast potential already hidden within the earth will be unleashed, and we will find ways to feed the planet that are sustainable and renewable. There is no doubt that the sensibility of today, to protect nature even at the expense of our momentary pleasure, is part of the process of refinement that will prepare the world for the ultimate Redemption.


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