By John McConnell
"Oh the faith that works by love. It will move the mountains when we pray.
Oh the faith that works by love. It will turn the darkness into day."
EARTH TRUSTEE AGENDA
From the original 1970 Earth Day came the Earth Trustee idea:
"Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure."
To succeed we must combine heart and mind in effective action. If this article moves you emotionally and you now know what to do, you will act.
In order to come together in care for our planet we must respect and care about one another. People of all creeds and persuasions find agreement in the three most important words in human history, "Love One Another." They were uttered by Jesus, the man most recognized in history as wise and good. Heartfelt love, faith and prayer is increasing around the world. While great differences exist in creeds and social issues, more and more people are finding common ground. There is growing awareness that we are one human family and must now take charge and take care of our planet. We can and must now come together where we agree -- leaving room for differences on matters where we don't agree.
SPACE AGE WORLD VIEW
"We set out to explore Space and discovered Earth."
Now we know Planet Earth has amazing raw materials (land, water, gold, oil -- etc., and organic life). With proper use of our new technologies, with logical economic policies and fair benefits for services, everyone could join in the rejuvenation of Earth. In this New Millennium we can make our planet a Garden of Eden.
There is no excuse for extreme poverty and unearned extreme wealth. New Earth Trustee economic policies can remedy this. Let all institutions now report how much their policies and programs accomplish Earth Trustee goals. A growing flood of Earth Trustee solutions will follow.
FACING THE DIFFICULTIES
While it is good to accent the positive and focus on solutions, we also need to honestly face the difficulties. Whether it is the result of sinful nature, childhood neglect or bad genes, humanity today is crippled by hate, fear, greed, sickness, crime and misuse of money and power. Fortunately, many people believe in the golden rule and try to be honest. They can support the vision and actions that will bring a positive, global, state of mind. This will better enable efforts and their values to reach the minds and hearts of those engaged in evil acts -- who in truth "know not what they do." Earth Trustee vision and action will replace enmity with harmony.
The best of our science and logic provide no answers all can agree on. Our beliefs are based on faith. While we may differ on the nature of God and life after death, we can commend actions that nurture people and planet -- regardless of the person's creed.
The Earth Trustee agenda should not be a stumbling block to people of any creed -- who want to help "peace, justice and the care of Earth."
To continue our quest to understand the great mysteries of life we must avoid the death of nature and the collapse of civilization -- a real present danger. Let us now convert Earth Kill to Earth Care and make this new millennium an Earth Trustee Millennium.
This is the day that Spring begins and provides a powerful time for people worldwide to celebrate and join in dedication to be responsible Trustees of Earth. On this day, there is a moment that is special to the whole human family -- the March Equinox.
The March Equinox was chosen for Earth Day in 1970 -- the first Earth Day. The idea was not local convenience or comfortable weather -- which varies from place to place, but a day suitable for international celebration. On this day, night and day are equal. This day is a million year symbol of the balance of nature and the equilibrium we seek on Earth. Earth Day is also the First Day of Spring -- Nature's symbol of New Life and New Beginnings.
Each year since then the Peace Bell at the United Nations has been rung on Earth Day at the moment Spring begins. This is followed by silent prayer -- a time for heartfelt commitment to think and act as Earth Trustees.
WHAT INDIVIDUALS CAN DO
If you agree in principle with this Earth Trustee way to a sustainable future, then decide you will help make it work.
First, adopt an Earth Trustee attitude. That means an Earth Trustee way of looking at everything. You want your daily choices in work, travel, shopping and other activities to naturally reflect your Earth Trustee values. Individuals will differ to what they pay most attention. You may get interested in composting, planting trees, or volunteering for some project that is bringing peace and justice with understanding and action to better your neighborhood.
If you have not already done so, join some group that you feel will assist Earth Trustee goals. Where possible get them to use the name "Earth Trustee" for their efforts. All who seek to further peace, justice and the care of our planet can foster mutual understanding and cooperation by labeling their effort an "Earth Trustee" effort. The Earth Day/Earth Trustee agenda in the Earth Magna Charta can help any worthwhile project. Your church, club, school or business can adopt the Earth Magna Charta and in its own way implement its policies and agenda.
EARTH TRUSTEE INSTITUTIONS
Individual Earth Trustee actions can improve conditions in institutions as they presently exist. Far more will result as we restructure institutions to conform with Earth Trustee policies and purposes. Businesses, banks, churches and temples, clubs, towns and cities, are all invited to help implement the Earth Trustee Agenda. They can adopt the Earth Magna Charta (http://www.earthsite.org) and implement its Earth Trustee ideas in their own way. Every web site can be an Earth Trustee site and do their part to help people and planet.
WORLD WIDE WEB
Make every day an Earth Trustee Day and do something that will benefit people and planet.
Then on every Earth Day (March 20) join with your friends and family at home, church, school or work to mark this day with attention for the wonder of life and what we can do for people and planet. Let's have bells ring all over the world when the Peace Bells are rung on Earth Day. Explorers in Space will share their inspiring views of our beautiful planet as they join in the celebration. This new Earth Trustee Millennium can be a new beginning of promise and hope.
The important thing is to act -- and document honest reports of results. Together, with faith and love, we can participate in Earth's Resurrection.
The man who started Earth Day
and its Earth Trustee way to a better future.
Earth Magna Charta: http://www.earthsite.org
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