We are all citizens on this Earth
But who is a true Earth Citizen?
A true Earth Citizen is someone who has recovered his or her character. Someone with a sense of ownership of the planet having infinite affection and love for the earth, and for all life on the earth. It’s about caring for and managing the earth together, just as we care for our own bodies and homes.
We live at the time of great change and at the turning point in human history. The time where the health and the future of our collective is directly dependant on us as individuals.
When talking about the environmental problems, many people think only of the external environment (air pollution, renewable energy, climate change…). However, although invisible, the real environmental problems are found in human consciousness. Therefore, a fundamental solution to environmental problems is impossible unless there is a change in the consciousness of people.
“I used to think that the top global environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with thirty years of good science we could address these problems, but I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a spiritual and cultural transformation and we scientists don’t know how to do that.”
The American environmental lawyer and advocate Gus Speth once said:
I am an Earth Citizen who loves and cherishes all humans and all life, as someone who has found my value and recovered my character.
I am an Earth Citizen who contributes to making a healthy and happy family and a peaceful community.
I am an Earth Citizen who lives for an Earth Village where all of humankind lives as one family beyond nationality, race and religion.
I am an Earth Citizen who acts to protect and restore the global ecosystem so that the earth recovers its original beauty and vitality.
I am an Earth Citizen who takes part in the work for the evolution of the human consciousness and the advent of a new era of civilisation on earth.
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