As a nurse, I was trained to ‘think holistically’ when caring for patients and I believe that we have to look at healing the earth in the same way. But, because many people in today’s society are unaccustomed to thinking holistically, in the ‘urgency’ of the climate crisis they may think it is counterintuitive to set up a scheme to help people – say - overcome drug addiction. But, if we have a society that is unhospitable for its vulnerable members, we will have an earth that is unhospitable for society. The deep roots of drug addiction are common with the deep roots of climate change. Instead of seeing drug addiction as a fight we should seek to understand the circumstances which first caused it to arise. We can then look at society as a whole and contemplate on what has caused us to be in the situation we find ourselves in. We will then understand that our wellbeing is inseparable from others. We will recognise the need to expand our circle of compassion to include every being on this earth.
“The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.” Dean Ormish.