It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week this week.
By Vernon Sankey
4th May 2021
It’s Hedgehog Awareness Week this week. These beautiful and gentle creatures have no useful fight or flight response as such; they just curl up into a little ball when sensing danger. So when crossing a road and hearing a car coming, instead of running off, they curl up!
Together with the other changes, we have made to our environment and the use of pesticides etc, the population of hedgehogs has fallen in the U.K. from over 30 million in the 1950s to around 1.5 million today, making them an endangered species.
We are at very great risk of losing such a marvellous animal. But it’s not just that. Biodiversity is a vital factor in keeping our ecosystem healthy. We all depend on this for maintaining our own health and wellbeing. Every species of fauna and flora lost is a tragedy for us all.
As human beings, we need to collaborate with nature and not fight it. Using such words as ‘conquering nature’ or ‘conquering mountains’ are expressions of dangerous ego-derived desires for conflict. They are the reflection of a mind grasping at controlling nature, a sentiment not only futile but self-destructive.
In the last analysis, we are not only part of nature but we are nature itself and mutually dependent. Time to awaken…