Declaration of Interdependence

Something I’ve always known is we are one with all in our Universe. The Master Key Experience has reinforced this self evident truth. The Interdependence of all living creatures and the natural systems within which they exist is made clearer through this study of the Mind.

We are connected to all living forms and even those with which we no longer coexist. I felt this most powerfully when my brother passed from this realm nearly a year ago. Part of my purpose is to promote the return to health of natural systems, and to foster human activities that recognize the interdependence of all living things includes the human species. That we have “dominion over all other species” merely means humans have the power to alter the balance of nature and to disregard this Interdependence.

But along with power comes responsibility. Exercising this power to feed our wants while ignoring the impacts on other species and indeed, the balance of nature, has lead us to the brink. Our very survival depends on restoring balance and paying attention to the fact all species are dependent on the finite resources of this earth upon which we coexist. We can no more escape the consequences of our indiscriminate exploitation of the earth’s resources than we can ignore the reality of gravity.

And so The Declaration of Interdependence of The David Suzuki Foundation is reproduced here and in the video on this page. I signed it. I intend to live it.

The Future Is Not Ours To Erase

Dr. David Suzuki

Declaration of Interdependence

This we know

We are the earth, through the plants and animals that nourish us.
We are the rains and the oceans 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 the thin layer of life enveloping the world.
The stability of communities of living things depends upon this diversity.
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 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 present.

This we believe

Humans have become so numerous and our tools so powerful that we have driven fellow creatures to extinction, dammed the great rivers, torn down ancient forests, poisoned the earth, rain and wind, and ripped holes in the sky.
Our science has brought pain as well as joy; our comfort is paid for by the suffering of millions.
We are learning from our mistakes, we are mourning our vanished kin, and we now build a new politics of hope.
We respect and uphold the absolute need for clean air, water and soil.
We see that economic activities that benefit the few while shrinking the inheritance of many are wrong.
And since environmental degradation erodes biological capital forever, full ecological and social cost must enter all equations of development.
We are one brief generation in the long march of time; the future is not ours to erase.
So where knowledge is limited, we will remember all those who will walk after us, and err on the side of caution.

This we resolve

All this that we know and believe must now become the foundation of the way we live.
At this turning point in our relationship with Earth, we work for an evolution: from dominance to partnership; from fragmentation to connection; from insecurity, to interdependence.

Sign The Declaration

May The Power Be Yours,

Interdependence

 

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Terrence Neraasen
 

Just consider me a Boomer with no need or desire to retire. I'm constantly learning and striving for excellence. My passions are Family and the natural world to which I dedicate myself and all my efforts.

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