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The Butterfly Effect: Change One Thing, Change Everything.

March 23, 2018

Butterfly effect

The inspiration for this blog came from a weekend break with my family a couple of weeks ago.  During this weekend my husband and I, and our 3 young boys, visited a stunning eco-friendly and sustainably built butterfly rehabilitation centre.  This rehabilitation centre has been 3 years in the making and is the result of a deep passion to protect our local ecosystems, in order to save our bees and butterflies.  The local area is seeing a mass decrease in the number of bee and butterfly species, as a direct result of crop spraying in this predominantly fruit farming area. 
This beautiful butterfly centre had many thought provoking pause areas.  Ponder points by the fish pond.  Benches hidden in the trees, with powerful earth messages pinned on tree stumps.  A sensory labyrinth encouraging connection and personal reflection.  What a brilliant destination to stop and teach our next generation why it is so important to care about the sustainability of the world we live in.  One quote from the butterfly centre is one that I have read often, lately:

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

It has taken me sometime to truly understand how profound this statement is.  My mother-in-law recently visited us, and she described our eldest son as a little eco warrior.  I think that is a wonderful description, and I would like to join his tribe!  He is six years old and his current passion is collecting litter and ridding the world of plastic.  This simple approach is exactly the sort of call to action required when considering how we can individually contribute to sustaining our earth.  We need to begin with simple steps, which will lead us to a snowball of momentum once we start caring for our environment and the people around us.  Which brings to mind another significant quote sighted at the butterfly centre: 

“The Butterfly Effect.

Change one thing, change everything.

Our words, actions, mood and behaviour touch everyone we come into contact with.

We can’t anticipate the effect of our actions, but we can act with love and kindness.

As small as we are in the scheme of things, the smallest action can cause a ripple that can change the world.”

Edward Lorenz, an American mathematician, is a pioneer behind the Chaos Theory.  A theory which illustrates how something as tiny as the flutter of butterfly wings could create tiny changes in the atmosphere, and ultimately lead to a hurricane halfway around the world.  It may take a very long time, but the connection is real. If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right moment, the hurricane would not have happened.  In other words, a small change, seemingly insignificant, could lead to drastic, and positive change impacting all in the future. 
For far too long I have spoken about recycling, going plastic free, changing our eating habits, growing our own food, using natural products for cleaning, converting to a more sustainable energy source, preserving our scarce supply of water, giving back to our community and creating a sense of community.  These thoughts started simply and individually, and have evolved over the last few years.  Initially, these seemed like nothing more than ideas.  But together, and with my little ‘eco warriors’ most certainly encouraging the process, we have implemented many of these ideas.  We still have a long way to go, but as we make small changes to our own lives it gets easier to make bigger changes to the lives around us!  The results of taking a more holistic view on our lifestyle, and those around us, has resulted in fundamental changes in our goals, aspirations and values.  As a family we feel excited about the prospects of making ongoing small changes, which we hope will make a positive impact, and further our own understanding and sense of connectedness towards our environment.  
In addition, innovation and enterprise inspired by nature is beautiful, it is gratifying, and it is sustainable.  A personal ambition is to drive creativity in local design through thoughtful processes, which ultimately consider our environment and avoid unnecessary waste.  I aspire to work alongside skilled artisan people in our community, collectively opening our minds to consider our earth first, and to understand how the simple flutter of a butterfly’s wings can be the catalyst to powerful reactions which will benefit us all.  We need to allow this butterfly ripple to showcase how natural environments can be sustainable by design, especially when we choose to take simple steps to care for our earth and all the people who live on it.

“Change one thing, change everything.”



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