There is a direct link between caring for each other and caring for our planet. Caring is that invisible but indispensable force that connects us to each other and to all forms of life. Caring reminds us that we belong, as Jean Vanier believes, “to the universe, to the earth, to the air, to the water, to everything that lives, to all humanity.” We can tackle our grand social and environmental challenges more effectively by tapping into the fact that most if not all of us are taking care of a friend, family member, neighbour and co-worker. Lovingly. Voluntarily. That ethic of care unites us.
Taking care is both a predisposition and an act. It is as natural as breathing. It is a wellspring for our ingenuity and creativity. It legitimates our actions, making the connection between air, water, land, life and ourselves. It serves as a guide for designing our approach to change.
Nurturing a culture of caring will breathe life into our efforts to make the world a better and more just place.
We must ally with anyone who shares our vision for an inclusive society and must build a future where care is valued and shared. Our future depends on it.
Listen to “Turn a Light On” by Kathryn Calder. She is a member of the New Pornographers as well as a solo artist. Many of her songs including this one were written while she was taking care of her Mother and Father. Purchase her wonderful music here.