*Lic. María Cristina Azcona*
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From: Rene Wadlow <rene.wadlow@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: 2017-04-22 9:29 GMT-03:00
Subject: Mother Earth
To: María Cristina Azcona <mcrisazcona@xxxxxxxxx>
[image: Day of Mother Earth] Day of Mother Earth
by Rene Wadlow
*The United Nations General Assembly in 2009 through resolution
A/RES/63/278, under the leadership of the Plurinational State of Bolivia,
designated 22 April as the International Mother Earth Day. The Day
recognizes a collective responsibility, set out in the 1992 Rio
Declaration, to promote harmony with Nature so as to achieve a just balance
among economic, social and ecological needs of the present and future
[image: erth01_400]In traditional Indian culture, according to texts as
early as the*Vedas, *the Earth is home to all living species that inhabit
it and must not be excluded as they all contribute to the planet's welfare
and preservation. Therefore, human beings must contribute to the web of
life of which they are a part and find ways of using the elements to
produce food without damaging other life forms as far as possible.
World Citizens stress that Earth is our common home and that we must
protect it together. Loss of biodiversity, desertification, and soil loss
- all are signs that there must be renewed efforts to develop
socio-economic patterns that are in harmony with Nature.
World Citizens highlight that the protection of Mother Earth is a task in
which each of us must participate. However, there have always been
traditions that stressed that a more enlightened group of humans would come
to show the way. One tradition was among the Natives of North America. The
more enlightened were thought of as "The Rainbow Warriors" - the warrior
being one who protects rather than one who goes abroad to attack others.
Nicola Beechsquirrel recalls this tradition in her poem, a tribute to
*The Rainbow WarriorsNicola Beechsquirrel*
Come, all who ever loved our Earth
Who lived in peace amongst her creatures
Gentle, loving, caring folk
With healing hands, and wisdom in your souls.
Come, incarnate once more
Come to Earth in her greatest need.
Help us rid her of her burdens
Cleanse her of all poisons
Close up the deep sores on her sacred body
And cover it once more in soft green.
Walk amongst us again
That we may relearn ancient skills
And long-forgotten wisdom
And tread lightly upon our Mother Earth
Taking from her only what we need
Living her ways in love and joy
Treating her creatures as equals.
Teach us how to reach those who exploit her
How to open their souls to the beauty of Life
That they may destroy no longer.
Come to us, Rainbow Warriors
Share with us your wisdom
For we have great need of it.
*Rene Wadlow*, President, Association of World Citizens