Week Four: Waste, Packaging, Single-Use Items, and Recycling
Litany of the Circle
Every part of the earth is sacred, every shining pine needle, every sandy shore.
Every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy.
The rocky crest, the juices of the meadow, the beasts and all the people
all belong to the same family.
Teach your children that the earth is our mother.
Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.
The water’s murmur is the voice of our father’s father.
We are part of the earth and the earth is part of us.
The rivers are our brothers, they quench our thirst, the perfumed flowers are our sisters.
The air is precious, for all of us share the same breath.
The wind that gave our grandparents breath, also receives our last sigh.
The wind that gave our children the spirit of life.
This we know, the earth does not belong to us, we belong to the earth.
This we know, all things are connected,
like the blood that unites our family. All things are connected.
Our God is the same God, whose compassion is equal for all.
For we did not weave the web of life. We are merely a strand in it.
Whatever we do to the web of life we do to ourselves.
Let us give thanks for the web and the circle that connects us.
Thanks be to God, the God of all.
(Chief Seattle 1854)