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(Credit: Jessica Steiner)

Recently I embarked on a four day kayak trip on the waters of Haida Gwaii.

One night, camping out in the narrows I was surrounded by complete darkness. The tide was extremely low. There was not another soul for miles.

I walked down to the low tide line and heard under my feet a sound so distinct, so powerful and so profound. Mussels, clams, crabs and oysters all feeding, all so loud, all so alive and all so thriving.

As a graduate student of ecological anthropology, I have dedicated my life to ensuring the enhancement of responsible resource management practices. The overall significance of this effort truly became apparent to me when for the first time I heard the earth speak.

Message to Canadians: Civilization has an inclination to distance itself from the natural environment. Let your feet touch the earth. Feel its life. Realize you are a part of it and not distinct.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/oceans/projects/healthy-oceans/pacific-ocean-stories/the-first-time-i-heard-the-earth-speak/
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By Jessica Steiner

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

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3 Comments

Oct 19, 2012
3:53 AM

This is a perfectly simple story with a very focused message Lovely

Aug 17, 2012
7:18 AM

This is beautiful.. love you jess

Aug 15, 2012
6:18 PM

You are so lucky to be in such a unique place and to experience such natural beauty in your surroundings.

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