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  • Writer's pictureS. Rae

Animal Friends

When we watch nature in her living and breathing diversity, is it any wonder that we can learn so much from her. The living planet can teach us all what we need to know about helping ourselves with the climate crisis, and doing a better job at getting along with others that don’t look, act, or believe the same as we do.


The human species is a creation of God like all other living things. Some believe man is made in God’s image, while others believe the soul is the God spark in all living things.


Indigenous people have always known that humans are an equal part to all living beings, and that humans are not separate, or set above nature. In fact, scientists have been studying many aspects of nature in hopes to help man better learn about the climate crisis and what, if anything, we can do to help curb the climate extremes.


Nova, an educational program that aired 1/12/2022 on PBS public broadcasting station, had an incredible program showing how butterflies and moths are helping humans to adapt to new ways of doing things to help the future of the human race and the planet.

NOVA | The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies | PBS

Another fun and easy project the whole family can be a part of is becoming a citizen scientist. Citizen scientist are regular people who help track birds, butterflies, moths, and much more in the hopes of helping the scientist keep track of climate, and habitat changes. Butterflies and Moths of North America | CitizenScience.gov


A couple of years ago a friend of mine came to me, and asked if I would read his totem animals. Totems animals are the animals that walk this life with you. In times of discord they can be quite a comfort, while in times where bravery, or strength may be needed, they can also be helpful with that. Essentially they are with you always, and they are always willing to help, if you let them.


My friend had a horrible fear of spiders, so when spider came up as one of his totems, he freaked. But as I read the spiritual meaning of the totem spider, his fear began to subside.


After the reading he became fascinated with how his spider totem has worked for him in his life, and his phobia morphed to curiosity. He is a perfect example of someone who took the time to learn about an insect that he had feared for so many years, but now has great respect for.


This is true on many levels. When people learn more and more about someone or something they knew very little about, invariably, opinions and minds do change. Learning about how nature works, and how we rely upon all aspects of nature for our survival, is a great place to start to remove fears, bias, and judgements. Becoming a citizen scientist can help with that.


In talking about animal friends I would be remiss if I didn’t mention those lovable, cuddly videos of animals we all can’t get enough of. Like when we’ve had a bad day, or a disagreement with a friend, or loved one, don’t the cute animal videos lift your spirits and make you laugh? Works for me every time.


So as humans press on to an unknown future of extreme weather, let’s get to know our nature friends a little better. You never know when you might need the help of a squirrel, a dog, a deer, or a bird.


Carpe Diem Citizen Scientist




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