The Earth Charter Preamble
We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.

Grand-daughter; on the same page are millions of us human beings who are very concerned about Climate Change and find ourselves extremely disturbed and worried about the fate of our humanity.   Many of us would never have imagined we would be the voices speaking for this planet, as Carl Sagan once said; “Who’ll speak for earth?”  We never imagined we would be this voice, we would be protectors of our planet, we would be tasked with saving humanity from an unfortunate future…  (psst…. I hope you like the Hulk because he’s my favorite also…)

I grew up upstate New York and my memories are my fortune. I always carried the tumbao in the woods with my conguero (drummer…) friends… there was a stream with a large creek not to far where me and my siblings use to hang out all the time. We swam and fished a lot. I always have fond memories of not only where I grew up at but the beauty of my environment.

Maybe what Carl Sagan said could be understood to mean; “who’ll interpret for earth?” as I have seen it mentioned few quotes ago, the Earth will be damaged in the end but will revitalize herself from the causes we are making even now. But interpret for Earth could mean that the our deepest nature or perhaps more along the lines of mother nature which is trying to communicate with us to stop destroying ourselves. I can’t help to feel this especially when I am immersed in my drums.

Grand-Daughter it would be safe to say that an enormously large portion of us in society are conscientious of the damages taking place and are in fact open and more than ready to embrace new sustainable forms of solutions that are already within reach.

I am sure at this point it does matter who holds primary responsibility for conditions that are not improving daily.  Yet to initiate the much needed change are those themselves who are suffering from their shadows or life-condition of hunger,  pride and willful ignorance. However there are some truly incredible groups and orgs that are really kicking where the efforts are truly needed right now.  Like 350.org and The Climate Mobilization to name of few orgs and individuals such as Naomi Klein, Michelle Obama, James Hansen, Margaret Klein Salamon and Bill McKibben just to name a few (just look at the name of the authors on the quotes).

I can safely say humankind has a vested interest here… It’s not about saving the planet at this point it’s about saving ourselves… no matter who you are and what you do the effects will be the same and I think it is not always too late to make causes to transform or at least minimize the effects.

As Daisaku Ikeda put it; “One who loves nature can cherish other people, value peace and possess a richness of character unfettered by selfish calculations of personal gain or loss. Those who live in a calculating way will end up calculating their own worth detrimentally. Such a life is limited in the extreme. Nature, however, is infinite.”

Grand-daughter, when I look at our family I think about you and those children of the future realize that eventually your generation will not only take over the world we leave you guys but at the same time you all have to clean up behind us for your sake and the future generations to follow…  This I am truly sorry for…

The ideal of global warming and climate change to me has come to mean something we all agree on and so now I use words like climate justice, climate revolution and climate culture too… I strongly feel It’s really a world now were humanity makes the ultimate difference of how things are going to turn out… and collectively I might add…

The external desertification of the planet corresponds precisely with the spiritual desertification of human life. – Daisaku Ikeda

Concerning Climate Justice and The Earth Charter .  Personally reading and digesting the Earth Charter (read) helps me learn more about Climate Change on a human level in a big way…  Learning more about Climate Change for me is always a a great start on any level.  Like many other World/Global citizens I want to make much more of an effort to read and study Daisaku Ikeda‘s yearly Peace Proposals (pdf) … This post is dedicated to the ‘The Earth Charter‘  as well.

I can say with confidence that my memories of distinct four seasons were a lot stronger than they are these days… In the end when I hold you my sweet one month old grand-daughter in my hands and when you look at me with such beautiful eyes and the spirit of life, I can only cry at times thinking what you have to look forward to unless we transform ourselves now on a fundamental level. If you ask me how;  I would say start with reading the Earth Charter perhaps once a week to once a month… I’ll reread this document myself on this schedule in support.

In closing, I am not good at writing but I am learning more and more daily about climate change and I have an strong affinity for our planet (I truly love our planet especially the way she looks).  If anyone has any good #climatechange101 links please post as a comment, I would love to start making some climatechange101 quotes

Bon Nuit – See you in Paris

The Earth Charter – Earth, Our Home
Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe. Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life. The forces of nature make existence a demanding and uncertain adventure, but Earth has provided the conditions essential to life’s evolution. The resilience of the community of life and the well-being of humanity depend upon preserving a healthy biosphere with all its ecological systems, a rich variety of plants and animals, fertile soils, pure waters, and clean air. The global environment with its finite resources is a common concern of all peoples. The protection of Earth’s vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust.

The Earth Charter – The Global Situation
The dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, the depletion of resources, and a massive extinction of species. Communities are being undermined. The benefits of development are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Injustice, poverty, ignorance, and violent conflict are widespread and the cause of great suffering. An unprecedented rise in human population has overburdened ecological and social systems. The foundations of global security are threatened. These trends are perilous—but not inevitable.

The Challenges Ahead
The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. Fundamental changes are needed in our values, institutions, and ways of living. We must realize that when basic needs have been met, human development is primarily about being more, not having more. We have the knowledge and technology to provide for all and to reduce our impacts on the environment. The emergence of a global civil society is creating new opportunities to build a democratic and humane world. Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions.

Universal Responsibility
To realize these aspirations, we must decide to live with a sense of universal responsibility, identifying ourselves with the whole Earth community as well as our local communities. We are at once citizens of different nations and of one world in which the local and global are linked. Everyone shares responsibility for the present and future well-being of the human family and the larger living world. The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life, and humility regarding the human place in nature.

We urgently need a shared vision of basic values to provide an ethical foundation for the emerging world community. Therefore, together in hope we affirm the following interdependent principles for a sustainable way of life as a common standard by which the conduct of all individuals, organizations, businesses, governments, and transnational institutions is to be guided and assessed.

Earth, Our Home
Humanity is part of a vast evolving universe. Earth, our home, is alive with a unique community of life. The forces of nature make existence a demanding and uncertain adventure, but Earth has provided the conditions essential to life’s evolution. The resilience of the community of life and the well-being of humanity depend upon preserving a healthy biosphere with all its ecological systems, a rich variety of plants and animals, fertile soils, pure waters, and clean air. The global environment with its finite resources is a common concern of all peoples. The protection of Earth’s vitality, diversity, and beauty is a sacred trust.

The Global Situation
The dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, the depletion of resources, and a massive extinction of species. Communities are being undermined. The benefits of development are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Injustice, poverty, ignorance, and violent conflict are widespread and the cause of great suffering. An unprecedented rise in human population has overburdened ecological and social systems. The foundations of global security are threatened. These trends are perilous—but not inevitable.

The Challenges Ahead
The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. Fundamental changes are needed in our values, institutions, and ways of living. We must realize that when basic needs have been met, human development is primarily about being more, not having more. We have the knowledge and technology to provide for all and to reduce our impacts on the environment. The emergence of a global civil society is creating new opportunities to build a democratic and humane world. Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions.

Universal Responsibility
To realize these aspirations, we must decide to live with a sense of universal responsibility, identifying ourselves with the whole Earth community as well as our local communities. We are at once citizens of different nations and of one world in which the local and global are linked. Everyone shares responsibility for the present and future well-being of the human family and the larger living world. The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life, and humility regarding the human place in nature.

We urgently need a shared vision of basic values to provide an ethical foundation for the emerging world community. Therefore, together in hope we affirm the following interdependent principles for a sustainable way of life as a common standard by which the conduct of all individuals, organizations, businesses, governments, and transnational institutions is to be guided and assessed.

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Love you so much sweetie…  Grandpa…