You are moved to tears of joy within the peace of a pristine forest, the vastness of a Southwest desert, or the splendor of a majestic mountain range. To others, these are uncomfortable, unused spaces with economic potential. Our industrialization, urbanization, and globalization have generated enormous wealth. However, our need to control nature has depleted our resources, polluted our environment, and destroyed wildlife habitat. We have ignored our interconnectedness with all living things.
Respect nature, and actively promote resource conservation and environmental protection. Preserve and/or renew the integrity, stability, and beauty of balanced biomes. Apply a ‘leave no trace’ ethic in all your travels. It means absolute minimum impact. It means the removal and proper disposition of the tiniest scrap of trash and waste. Attempt to keep our wild spaces as free as possible from the pervasive influences of technology. Vibrant ecosystems embrace interdependence, to survive and thrive in harmony without greed, mayhem, hate, or anger.
We are merely the custodians, not the ultimate owners, of our natural resources and spaces. See our earth not only as something that we have inherited from our forebears, but as something that we have borrowed from our children and grandchildren. Can we return their investment with interest? Can we provide future generations a planet where they may survive, find fascination, and flourish? Yes, if we transform economic and development models into strategies for ecologically sound, sustainable development.
You have the opportunity to self-actualize. Why not honor our living globe with opportunities to grow and strive toward its own potential? Preserve, sustain, and celebrate the diversity of life.
Cherish and take good care of Mother Earth.