I did not post on Earth Day (April 22nd), because I was busy enjoying the day with my partner. It was warm here and sunny (until the marine layer moved in about 4 pm). However, since Earth Day is every day, I wanted to post something.
One of my favorite books is Ecotopia, by Ernest Callenbach. Written in 1975, it is as applicable to modern society as it was then. Callenbach visualized what a culture based on honoring the Earth and living by ecological principles would look like, and proposed some fascinating ideas. Yesterday, thanks to Bridget at arignagardener (a wonderful blog!), I read Callenbach’s ten Commandments for the Earth. Here they are:
- Thou shalt love and honor the Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.
- Thou shalt keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of the seasons.
- Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.
- Thou shalt give thanks for thy food, to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.
- Thou shalt limit thy offspring, for multitudes of people are a burden unto the Earth.
- Thou shalt not kill, nor waste Earth’s riches upon weapons of war.
- Thou shalt not pursue profit at the Earth’s expense, but strive to restore its damaged majesty.
- Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.
- Thou shalt not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.
- Thou shalt consume material goods in moderation so all may share the Earth’s bounty.