This We Know
We are the earth, through
the plants and animals that nourish us.
We are the rains and the oceans that flow through our veins.
We are the breath of the forests of the land, and the plants of the sea.
We are the human animals, related to all other life as descendants of
the first born cell.
We share with these kin a common history, written in our genes.
We share a common present, filled with uncertainty.
And we share a common future, as yet untold.
We humans are but one of thirty
weaving the thin layer of life enveloping the world.
The stability of communities of living things depends upon this diversity.
Linked in that web, we are interconnected -
using, cleansing, sharing and replenishing the fundamental elements of
Our home, planet Earth, is finite; all life shares its resources and the
energy from the sun,
and therefore has limits to growth.
For the first time, we have touched those limits.
When we compromise the air, the water, the soil and the variety of life,
we steal from the endless future to serve the fleeting present.
We my deny these things, but we cannot change them.
This We Believe
Humans have become so numerous
and our tools so powerful
that we have driven fellow creatures to extinction, dammed the great rivers,
torn down ancient forests, poisoned the earth, rain and wind, and ripped
holes in the sky.
Our science has brought pain as well as joy, our comfort is paid for by
the sufferings of millions.
We are learning from our mistakes, we are mourning our vanished kin,
and we now build a new politics of hope
We respect and uphold the absolute need for clean air, water and soil.
We see that economic activities that benefit the few while shrinking the
inheritance of many are wrong.
And since environmental degradation erodes biological capital forever,
full ecological and social cost must enter all equations for development.
We are one brief generation in the long march of time; the future is not
ours to erase.
So where knowledge is limited, we will remember all those who will walk
and err on the side of caution.
This We Resolve
All this that we know and
believe must now become the foundation of the way we live.
At this turning point in our relationship with Earth,
we work for an evolution: from dominance to partnership;
from fragmentation to connection; from insecurity,
The David Suzuki Foundation