In honor of Earth Day, the statement has been published at ecopagan.com where you can add your signature on Earth Day or any time after. The statement represents the beginning of a conversation, not the final word. Join us in our call to all people to rise to this historic moment in order to protect all life on Earth by signing the statement at ecopagan.com. You can sign on your on behalf or on behalf of a group or organization.
I am very pleased to announce that the DRAFT Pagan Community Statement on the Environment is available for a period of public comment. The public comment period will be open until April 21, 2015. Share your comments at ecopagan.com.
The Statement will be published in its final form on Earth Day, April 22, 2015, when it will be made available for electronic signature. The Statement only represents you if you sign it. Please wait until April 22 to add your signature.
A lot of hard work has gone into the draft Statement over the past 6 months. It has been an honor to work with everyone who participated in the process, including some folks from our HP community. If you would like to know more about the working group that drafted this statement or our process, click here.
I was especially surprised and moved to find the following paragraphs included in the statement, which sound like they could have been said by Neil Degrasse Tyson or our own Jon Cleland Host:
The very atoms we are made of connect us to the entire universe. Our hydrogen was produced in the Big Bang, and the other atoms essential for life were forged in the scorching furnaces of ancient stars. Beyond atoms, the molecules of life connect us to Earth, showing that we don’t live “on Earth” like some alien visitor, but rather that we are Earth, just as a volcano or river is part of Earth and her cycles.
We are earth, with carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus making up our bodies one day, and incorporated into mountains the next. We are air, giving food to the trees and grasses when we exhale, and breathing in their gift of free oxygen with each breath. We are fire, burning the energy of the Sun, captured and given to us by plants. We are water, with the oceans flowing in our veins and the same water that nourished the dinosaurs within our cells.
We are connected to our families, through links of love, to their relatives, and so on to the entire human species. Our family tree goes back further than the rise of humans, including all mammals, all animals, and all life on Earth. The entire Earth is our immense and joyous family reunion.
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Good work! The team who worked on this project invite your comments and questions.
Touche. Sound arguments. Keep up the great effort.
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