When we at Bhoomi, received an invite from Alaap to co anchor a programme on Leadership through Self Exploration in Kumaon, our spontaneous response was very John Muir like-
“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
Part of the pull was the deep love and reverence for our lofty Himalayas, the sheer joy of being amidst its pristine environs. Part of the appeal was also Alaap, the fledgling young organization whose mission it is to bring back to Himalayas its native forests. Another compelling reason was to meet and interact with the youth from the hills to build communities to live wisely and tread gently in the bountiful yet delicate bio-region.
If one looks at the expansive sweep of over four billions years of existence of our alive, animate, miracle Earth, the entry of our species is a very recent phenomenon. However, even in this small time frame we have managed to alter the biosphere like never before. There are obviously a multitude of reasons which has led to where we are today. And it is not a simple cause effect equation either. There is complexity involved. There are also many myths that humanity has lived with which has brought us to where we are. We probably need new stories, new lenses, new ethics to live by if we are to flourish and thrive as one of the many diverse species in Earth.