Does Anyone know what homo sapien means?
We all live on Earth, the only planet known so far to harbour life, a little planet is a vast universe. Unity, connectivity and protecting this wonderful planet starts with you, we are one organism. Today we are going to explore human potential, talk about the power of self love, courage and vulnerability and we are going to look at ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Hello – I’m me!
My name is ________________________________________.
In this big universe I live on EARTH my planet is 4.5 BILLION years old.
I am one person on a planet of 7.7 BILLION human beings.
This can make me sound very small – and perhaps I am.
But size doesn’t equal importance.
And being small doesn’t mean that my actions aren’t meaningful.
Across all space and time, there has only - and will only - ever be one me.
Over the next few week we are going to develop our understandings of the natural world and explore some of the issues that currently threaten life on earth, such as climate change and plastic pollution.
In all this vastness, it can become easy to feel overwhelmed and small. In these moments it is important to remember that size does not equal importance.
The meaning in our lives is provided by us.
There is only - and will only ever be - one you.
A better environment starts with you.
Thought Experiment - Perception and Belief
Have a think about the following;
How do we develop perception and do you think we can change it?
If something has been around for a long time does that mean it’s ok to continue without change?
Does your perception affect your behaviour?
How can we shift our behaviours?
Our perceptions are conclusions derived from information and/or experience.
“the way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted"
Through out this course we encourage philosophical, critical thinking and ethical reasoning.
Have an open mind
See for yourself
Learn and discover for yourself
Develop your own morals, values and beliefs
What does being Vulnerable mean to you?
As humans we have this incredible ability to feel. Have the courage to feel everything in your life. With great love comes loss, we cannot selectively numb but all these feelings they are part of what make you human.
Vulnerability is not weakness. It is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, joy, love, it is our most accurate measurement of courage.
You DON’T need super powers to save the planet. The little choices that we make every single day really do have such a large impact.
Whether you choose to live plastic free, go vegetarian or vegan, start an eco business, study law, environmental science, graphic design, pick up litter everywhere you go. Big or small, you are enough.
Follow your curiosity, embrace your imagination, love you for all that you are.
Facing Fear and failure
What is fear?
Fear, yes well, fear is always going to be player in your life, but YOU get to decide how much. Fear often stems from the unknown, from uncertainty. We fear the irreversible.
Too many of us chose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.
Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all ”
— J.K. ROWLING
We can fail at the things that we don’t love so we might as well take a chance on the things we do. Use what YOU have to alter the world around you. Be kind, have courage and embrace you for all that you are.
You are remarkably brave and bravely remarkable.
Write a love letter to yourself, what are your strengths? what are you grateful for?
Definition of Kindness
According to the Oxford Dictionary is - The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
What is kindness to you? Is it something we are born with or is it learned?
Here is what we think.
Being able to connect to one another, to learn to understand and always treat others with kindness and respect, connects us on a deeper level. A world based on compassion not cruelty and empathy not apathy, to us, is a world we’d like to see.
Kindness is being able to see the beauty in yourself, the beauty in others and the beauty in the world around you.
Kindness is free yet it’s effects are priceless, these effects can be felt for generations to come.
We live in an era of heightened access to knowledge. Education has never been so available, so free. The internet allows us to pursue our curiosity with an infinitude of resources. It also allows us to spread and share our discoveries, theories and ideas. Opening the space for discussion, collaboration and advancing us as a species.
We live in an amazing time for realising human potential.
You are the new philosophers, the change drivers, the discoverers, the scientists, researchers, artists, influencers. Humans have this incredible ability to love, to feel compassion and empathy and, never forget the power of imagination!
There is an vast ocean of possibilities and you are a new wave.
Some incredible new technologies
Not all humans wear capes
You don’t need super powers to save the planet
There is only one you and each of us has something that we can share with the world. Perhaps ask yourself what do you have that the world needs?
Let us take a look at some ordinary humans who are doing remarkable things, because, we don’t need super powers to make a difference.
Lisa is courageous and inspirational. In 2011, when working with Whales and Dolphins in Port Stephens a Great White shark changed the direction of Lisa’s life forever.
Lisa is a survivor of a Shark attack, but this is not her.
Lisa is a fighter, a fighter for all life on Earth, she is an artist, a singer, a writer and an entrepreneur. To pull light from a dark situation, and change it into something life giving, to us, makes Lisa the very definition of remarkable.
Lisa is an advocate for sharks. Using inspirational speaking, she is educating others on their importance in the ocean and fighting for their protection. Lisa and her Husband Shane are currently working tirelessly to open Ride Water Park in Port Stephens. Ride is a completely environmentally friendly park where people can come an enjoy the best man made waves in the world.
Madison Stewart is a phenomenal young lady from the Gold Coast who, has dedicated her life to protecting sharks. Madi has produced some amazing short videos and documentaries that raise awareness around the importance of sharks and the current threats to their existence. She has written comprehensive guides to safer surfing, exposed Mercury in shark meat and replaced shark fishing with tourism.
Madis current project : Project Hui
In 2018, a small team lead by Madi travelled to one of Indonesia’s largest shark fisheries with one intention, to befriend a shark fisherman. In a world where shark stocks are collapsing, where shark fishermen fish for survival. There is one trade, that can rival the multi million-dollar shark trade. One trade that can save sharks and people, a trade that thrives on something that wont go extinct, tourism.
Sir David Attenborough
An English broadcaster and natural historian who continues to touch the hearts and minds of many nature lovers. He believes that few people will protect the natural world if they don’t first love and understand it. Davids narrations educate and inspire us with the wonders of this magical world. His love feeds into those who listen and watch his outstanding documentaries and his conservation efforts will be felt for generations to come.
Who inspires you?
In 2015, representatives from every country on Earth agreed to 17 goals to end poverty, fight inequality and live sustainability.
They are called the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (or the SDGs).
These goals address problems that every child, adult, school, business and government can work towards solving. We will refer to these goals a lot through this course and they are something we really do encourage you to look into and support.
We encourage following curiosity, for it could lead to a passion. No adventure or scientist ever discovered anything new without following curiosity. If you chose to follow it, who knows what discoveries you’ll make long the way.
What are you curious about?
Together we are a symphony
Never forget that you are enough.