“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” ~ John Muir
Trophic cascades are powerful indirect interactions that can control entire ecosystems. This 270-second video beautifully describes and illuminates the favorable affect of a recent trophic cascade. I’m sharing the video because, in my mind, it parallels our responsibilities and human role in a chain or cycle.
In July I added this post which highlighted how we, individually and collectively, can create ripple effects with our intentional actions. While the above video addresses fascinating wilderness recovery efforts, from a human perspective I was drawn to the aspects of and potential in:
- giving life to others
- changing behaviors
- regenerating significance
- how, even in small numbers, we can effect change
If you are interested in or inclined to introduce a ‘humanitarian cascade’ you can consider these three practices:
- Acknowledge and reward constructive behavior. The key to behavioral change is understanding how motivation works in different environments. Observe how people are using their surroundings and resources to benefit others and to promote growth. Help them to see and appreciate the longer-term affects of their contributions.
- Lend your voice. Often the powerless, the homeless, the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them, lest they become overwhelmed by their environments. You need not take the cause on by yourself, but join others in signing petitions, speaking up in a public forum, writing letters, and otherwise making a need heard.
- Be kind. Always. Scientific evidence has proven that kindness changes the brain, impacts the heart and immune system, and may even be an antidote to depression. We’re genetically wired to be kind. When we’re kind our bodies are healthiest. Love and kindness can make a damaged heart regenerate faster and when coupled with compassion, can alter the neural structures of our brains.