TEST TIDBITS: DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE (PART ONE)
Twenty seven years ago, for the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, David Suzuki and others involved in the Suzuki Foundation wrote a set of commonly held truths, beliefs and resolutions to describe human’s interdependence and interconnectedness with the natural world. These connections call us to be stewards of all creation –for our survival and for the benefit of future generations.
Listed here are commonly held truths about this relationship:
We are the earth through the plants and animal that nourish us. We are the rains and the ocean that flow through our veins. We are the breath of the forests of the land and the plants of the sea. We are human animals, related to all other life as descendants of the firstborn cell. We share with these kin a common history written in our genes. We share a common present, filled with uncertainty. And we share a common future, as yet untold. We humans are but one of thirty million species weaving together the thin layer of life enveloping the world. Linked in that web, we are interconnected—using, cleansing, sharing, and replenishing the fundamental elements of life. Our home—Planet Earth, is finite: All life shares in its resources and the energy from the sun, and therefore has limits to growth. For the first time, we have touched those limits. When we compromise the air, the water, the soil, and the variety of life, we steal from the endless future to serve the fleeting moment.
EARTH STEWARD ACTION: Go to the website and listen to the video and enjoy the art artwork. Discuss with others what has happened since this was written in 1992. Next week, the Tidbit’s article will conclude the Declaration of Interdependence.
SOURCES: https://www.davidsuzuki.org/about (click on Declaration to hear it recited)