Day Message, by John McConnell, founder of Earth Day
DAY AND ITS EARTH TRUSTEE IDEA
Earth Day and its Earth Trustee idea provides the best way for a
sustainable future. Every project seeking a better future
for people and planet can benefit by joining in observance of Earth Day.
This provides common ground and aids cooperation among people
seeking a better future for themselves and others.
Earth Day occurs on the first day of Spring - nature's moment of
equipoise, when night and day are of equal length all over the world.
Since early human history, it has been recognized and
observed in different ways as a beautiful symbol of new life and
featuring Earth Day as The Great Day of Earth and adopting the
Earth Trustee Idea, the global balance of good and evil will change more
and more to what is best.
While we live in the midst of a crumbling civilization, overwhelmed with
grave problems, Earth Day provides an event and agenda that given global
attention can save civilization and provide a new beginning for the
The Earth Trustee ideas that came from the Earth Day celebrated each
year at the United Nations, increased attention for peace, justice and
the care of the amazing web of life that covers our globe. It
helped end the Cold War and initiated efforts for environmental action.
(See Earth Day: Past, Present, Future, at www.earthsite.org
The Earth Trustee challenge contains the key elements that can
invigorate reforms in every area --- environmental, economic, social and
spiritual. With this new vision, we will choose to act as Earth
Trustees, help Earth's rejuvenation and enjoy its natural bounty.
As the Earth Trustee concept spreads worldwide, it will meet the
requirements for a peaceful, prosperous future all over the world.
Here are the key guidelines for environmental action and global
To further peaceful progress by humanity we urge resolution of conflict
be sought by carefully defining the nature of differences and the
important areas of accord in dealing with conflicting systems, creeds
and cultures -- ever stressing Earth Trustee goals.
The over-arching goals of Earth Trusteeship can diminish conflict and
bitter controversy and promote world peace. When there is more
money spent on education in peaceful resolution of conflict than in
money spent on bombs and military programs, we will have no more
It should be recognized that ultimate questions about reality are still
shrouded in great mystery -- leaving room for honest differences in
beliefs and interpretations about the meaning of life. This does
not mean a lesser belief in one's creed -- or less rejection of other
creeds, but a willingness to temper one's ideology or faith with a
tolerance of another person's belief -- so long as their adherence does
not infringe on one's freedom of choice; and so long as they foster the
nurture of Earth and fair benefits for Earth caretakers, i.e. Earth
The same Earth Trustee policy applies to political parties. People
to People cooperation is possible as long as there is acknowledgment of
differences and a careful avoidance on both sides of claiming that
cooperation means support of partisan ideas or ideologies. Enlightened
leaders must constantly expose any hidden conspiracies to win the minds
of people. But ever seek points of honest accord,
Think about it, talk about it. Forward this message to friends. Help
make Earth Day 2002 (March 20) the Great Day of Earth.
wish only well