Week Five: Environmental Advocacy
We cannot have well humans on a sick planet.
We cannot have a viable human economy by
devastating the earth’s economy
We cannot survive if the conditions of life itself are not protected.
Not only our physical being, but our souls, our minds,
imagination and emotions depend on our immediate experience of the natural world.
There is in the industrial process no poetry, no elevation or the
fulfillment of mind or emotion comparable to that
experience of the magnificence of the sea, the mountains,
the sky, the stars at night, the flowers blooming
in the meadows, the flight and song of the birds.
As the natural world diminishes in its splendor, so human life
diminishes in its fulfillment of both the physical
and spiritual aspects of our being.
Not only is it the case with humans, but with every mode of being.
The well-being of each member of the earth community is
dependent on the well-being of the earth itself.
(Thomas Berry, as quoted in Resurgence, March/April 2007)