Of all life here on
Earth, we humans are the only inhabitants who do not live in
harmony with nature. Thus we each need to find the will to change
the manner of our taking, and learn to give back. We also must
teach the next generation their obligation to the land that bears
Restoration is a fundamental
part of giving back, and needs to become a matter of status.
Restoration itself should be the primary economic drive, a way
of life that rewards efficiency not waste.
We must also change
our way of life. in particular, our "wants". and move
beyond a "throwaway society" Further, this change has
to be planet wide: from continent to nation, from city to town,
from village to neighborhood; from every clan and tribe, down
to the very individual.
Each of us, in our own
tongue and within our own customs, can translate the following
commandments and use them as the basis in maintaining and preserving
Planet Earth, our home.
1. We shall live in harmony with
all life that flies through the air, swims in the waters,
walks on the land, and that which remains rooted.
2. We shall protect and preserve
the Earth and all living systems for all generations.
3. We shall restore that which
has been damaged, especially the air, water, and soil.
4. We shall not multiply beyond
the capacity of Earth to sustain itself and all life.
5. Thus, we shall embrace and
cherish the Planet Earth, as we are born to it; and together
we shall become stewards of its future.
6. What have we forgotten?