The golden rule found in all religions “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” must be applied to all creatures. We humans prize ourselves for having big brains, lets use them to reflect on the implications of our actions and create big change in the small beginning steps as we act into the world.
Actions taken at the level of the individual have huge ripple effects both positive and negative. For instance, taking wild endangered animals from the ecosystem can cause huge impacts. A pangolin can consume up to 20,000 ants and termites day maintaining balance in their ecosystem.
Ants are globally invasive species and have invaded South Africa’s Kruger National Park, and have shut down Australia’s Darwin Port after the ants were discovered among cargo. Invasive species and viruses travel with humans in out of control tourism. Leaving the delicate balance of evolved complex ecosystems in place both protects us and all the creatures. For more reading on human impact on global systems read gary’s blog post Collapse and renewal.