Nature’s Rejuvenation

“When the Blessed Holy One created the first human, G-d took him and led him round all the trees of the Garden of Eden and said to him: “Look at My works, how beautiful and praiseworthy they are! And all that I have created, it was for you that I created it. Pay attention that you do not corrupt and destroy My world: if you corrupt it, there is no one to repair it after you.”

(Kohelet Rabbah, Parasha 7:13)

During 2020-2021, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world instituted lockdowns, which significantly reduced air traffic, road traffic, and sea traffic. The way we altered our human behavior enabled animals and nature to thrive in certain ways. 

Some examples of this can be found in this video from the early days of the pandemic in April 2020: 

After watching the video, we invite you to reflect:  
  1. What elements of nature are you most grateful for? 
  2. As we move past the COVID-19 global pandemic, what can we learn from our experience? 
  3. When you look at the elements of nature, which is the one that you are concerned is in danger of being destroyed by humans? What can you do to repair and prevent its corruption?  
  4. How can we balance the needs of humans and human development while respecting and recognizing the needs of nature?