By John McConnell,
Earth Day  Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Earth Society Foundation.


The whole world has been horrified by  the heinous destruction of the World Trade Center.  This terrible act was revenge by a few who saw and felt the pain and suffering of multitudes -- ignored by the powerful in rich America.

Put in historical context, we see a planet that is covered by a wonderful web of life -- plants, trees, vegetation, animals.  We have inherited a great planet.  Pursuing peace, justice and taking care of our planet would have provided a great future for every creed and culture.

But more and more, individuals, corporations and governments use hate and violence to get ahead. We profess allegiance to the Golden Rule, but instead have adopted The Rule of Greed and Military Might.

Our non-action in responding to the poverty and suffering in countries around the world (including Afghanistan) is a far worse crime than toppling the World Trade Center.   Sins of omission can be greater than sins of commission.

Now is the time for all who believe in the power of love (Creative Altruism, divine love) to forgive our enemies and ourselves and join in making this horrible milestone a new beginning for the whole human family.   

This is a call for every one (the whole human family) to act as responsible trustees of Earth.  Let every individual and institution now think and act (in their own way) as a trustee of Planet Earth, and the global state of mind will change from me, mine, more, to faith, hope and charity as we pursue peaceful progress in the human adventure.

To one and all:  The greater your power the greater your responsibility.  In the past we have spent billions for bombs and pennies for peace.  Now we must reverse that and join in a moral equivalent of World War II -- back every effort for peace, justice and a sustainable future.  Here is a chance to prove the value of our differing religious beliefs by our actions and their result.

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it ...always."

Mahatma Gandhi


John McConnell

1933 Woodbine St.
Ridgewood, NY 11385