I was at my Dad’s house in the British countryside when this ethically made ring by Shop Siku arrived as a gift for an upcoming sponsored Instagram post collaboration.

When I put it on, I was entranced by the world it reflected around me: The fire crackling in my dad’s living room, the leafless winter trees along the forest path, the sky which splayed itself above us, a giant bush of my namesake prickling its way through the hedgerow around his house. It mirrored, as I went through the motions of my day, the enchantments which exist in the natural world and everyday life, which often go unconsciously appreciated.  
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It got me thinking. What if instead of looking inward, we focused our attention on the world around us instead, pushing ourselves as often as possible outside the concrete confines which numb us into accepting our current reality of capitalist servitude which pushes places of natural wonder beyond our daily reach. 

Could we collectively find harmony in ourselves and each other through nature's cycles, atoning inner peace through mirrored growth and rebirth at each season's change?

What if we shared the awe the natural world brings with members of our community, easing connection for those who might not be drawn to spend time in her embrace by financially enabling them to access spaces of wild nature that remain. Or helping to create and protect the living planet by rewilding land in our local communities. 
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Thinking, dressing, eating, decorating and talking like ‘conscious’ people does not make a meaningful difference unless we behave consciously as well. At the end of the day, we have to inspire ourselves and each other to actively protect and enhance the natural world. We can’t buy our way to a more greener future, no more than we can we create true unity utilizing popular hashtags. 

We need to look up from our phones, tuck our flailing bank cards away, and look at what surrounds us, allowing the natural world to guide us and inspire us, rather than continuing to let us guide it. 

What if we all became missionaries of sorts -  but rather than (or alongside) spreading the word and tales of a particular creator as interpreted by man, we spread mother nature’s gospel instead (/ also). Uniting our species under a shared love of our biosphere, something we can tangibly and intrinsically 'worship' and protect.
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If we can be convinced to unite and fight under the flag of God and country, two things since antiquity we have been ready to take up arms for for. Then surely we can be convinced to inspire our society to feel called protect the very tangible natural world and all that lives on it. 'Nature, Community, Holy Spirit' (rather than God, country, family), could light the fire of change we've been laying kindling for. 

I realize this might read as a utopian ramble in many ways - and I am by no means suggesting you give up any of your religious spirituality - but surely we have room for more worship and more love.

I've put together a few ideas for those who want to spread nature's gospel and protect our planet, which are probably a bit weak, but with your help (comment suggestions/organizations below), they can be built upon:

11 WAYS TO PROTECT THE LIVING PLANET 

1. Get yourself, your neighbours and your loved ones out to nature at least once a week. 

2. Help rewild unused or misused land in your own community - at least once per week. Freshwater Habitats Trust has a variety of resources and fact sheets on how to set up different kinds of community habitats like a: community supported farm, community garden centre, community forest, ecotherapy garden, community allotment, nature reserve, school growing project and traffic reduction projects.

3. Aid others in your community who might not have access to nature financially, or who might not have the means of spreading the reach of nature in their lives.

4. Enroll your kids and yourself in an after-school/after-work or weekend programs which allow them/you to spend time in or learn about the natural world.  

5. If you can afford a summer camp like Camp Wasaga  or day outings at a nature reserve like Fort Whyte (both in Manitoba where I grew up), then do it. If you have a bit of cash to spare, sponsor a family who can't afford to go or unite with other families in your community to pool your money to help enable others to join. 

6. Tilthe Mama Nature: Donate 10% of your gross net income to a nature protecting not-for-profit. For example The Nature Conservatory & Earth Justice

7. Read at least one chapter to yourself or picture book to your children weekly which educates you and your kids on the enchantments of the living world. I've got a list of my favourites for adults HERE.

8. Subscribe to news about nature through subscriptions to news agencies practicing responsible journalism, or tales of wonder from the likes of National Geographic

9. Vote for politicians who put protecting the planet at the forefront of their campaign. Stay up to date on what is going on in your local area and call/write your local representatives to encourage them anytime you feel they can improve their legislation and policies in favour of the planet or enhancing the natural world in your community. 

10. Buy nature back. For my dad's birthday this year, I bought him 10 square feet of Scotland, and along with it the right to style himself as 'Lord of Glencoe' from Highland Titles, a nature reserve using a fun legal loophole to protect and rewild the Scottish Highlands. The Woodland Trust also offers an option like this!

11. Plan your vacations as staycations. Completely eradicate the frivolous use of airplanes which play a huge part in our climate's breakdown, and spend time discovering the living world in your own country.

Please feel free to add your suggestions for other personal actions below and I'll add them in!