Resolutions for Earth Living 2016
Earth thanks you and I thank you for the steps you took in 2015 to care for our
common life on this Earth. It is
good that we continue to expand our efforts in 2016.
Our mainstream culture has been
mistaken in many ways about the Earth and about us as human beings. It is time to know and live who we truly are
and who the Earth truly is. We can know
how to live in harmonious connection with an Earth we come to understand,
respect and live within her and our natural order so she is healthy and so are
this process we can discover a different balance of life and be less thrown
about by fears and projections of what may happen to humans and their life on
Earth. We can begin to think for
ourselves and transform our ways of living as we discover what we may be doing
that is causing harm.
The Earth is Sacred, just as we are
Sacred Creation in process. Let us step
into Co-Creative Action speaking intentions each day to live in harmony in all
our ways of doing and by asking for clues and guidance. Many books, workshops and organizations can
help us in this process, with Source, the Earth and beings of Nature to draw
on. Let’s put the Earth first, knowing
her design, then design our own lives to support Earth.
I Invite you to join in considering the following
“Resolutions for 2016” (1 a month) to benefit Earth and us all.
Resolutions for Earth Living 2016
Live every day with the Earth
in mind and heart with gratitude in all you do.
Become more conscious of the ways that
you take care of yourself which could be transformed into contributions to
restore Earth but which now contribute to climate change and degradation
of ecosystems. Please choose to
transform or lessen negative impacts.
Make a commitment to cut back 25% on fossil fuel use in your personal daily
transportation; choose one day a week to use alternative transportation
Make a commitment to cut back 45% to 50% on your air travel.
Make a commitment to shift from eating conventionally produced foods in
favor of eating organic foods, even a few at a time and especially local
Make a commitment to avoid meat processed in feed lots, eat 50% less
meat sources and instead substitute other sources of protein with fewer
negative impacts on climate change.
Wear more layers in winter and turn down
thermostat; in summer wisely close curtains and let your home be warmer;
dry your clothes outdoors on the line or indoors on a rack.
Make a commitment to work together as a nation towards a decision like
Sweden’s to have a zero-carbon footprint by 2020 and to
create alternatives, which are realistic, to the human causes of climate
change. See studies** done for each state
about those solutions.
Stop supporting war efforts so that our money
and energy goes into building peace in our lifetime including working
for environmental, social and racial justice and empowering all people.
Consider working to limit population growth until we figure out how
to live in harmony and share with our neighbors of all species instead of
exterminating them to have “what we want.”
Live our lives as though people to
come in generations ahead really matter to us — that we want their lives
and ours to be sustained by clean air, fresh water, healthy soil and wild
Foster your relationship with the Earth with an
open heart each day for several long moments through a tree or plant, a calm
body of water. Let it know you want to
connect and appreciate it. There is much
benefit from coming into alignment with the Earth’s creation and her
Living Ways as a way to live life each day.
What if each of us made a
commitment, discussed it with several other people, and asked them to join the
effort? What a huge difference we could
make to reverse human-caused climate change and our sense of
powerlessness! Please use your precious
time and attention to make these steps make a difference.
Thanks for giving it a try!
The Life Force that created this planet and sustains it and its Great
Intelligence are waiting to support all of us in this effort. Support can also
be obtained from programs like Up to Us, http://www.pachamama.org/engage and many of our local
organizations (see below) working for peace, healthy food and justice.
Blessings to you and planet Earth in the process.
Please share this invitation with others…print/post
Bonnie Sundance, Executive Director, Our Sacred Earth email:OurSacredEarth at Outlook dot com
http://our-sacred-earth.org Offers local programs and a list of Resources
with detailed descriptions, including for books written by women like Active
Hope, Kissed by a Fox and Braiding Sweetgrass; please see web pages for more detail.
RESOURCES (I know and use): Global and examples of local orgs in CO
www.350.org Detail about climate change math, global
strategies including divestment
www.bioneers.org inspiring and educational speakers sharing
their successes for Earth; radio programs.
http://www.coloradoipl.org/ CO Interfaith Power & Light: connect
with local faith based efforts to care for the Earth and share educational
materials and actions. Eg. Ask for (free) encyclical based Climate
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, a Colorado Peace Building organization
working on local/global issues of peace, justice, and nuclear guardianship
& offering events and ongoing projects
http://www.pachamama.org/engage online educational program aiming for a just,
sustainable, spiritually fulfilling human presence on the planet – part of the Pachamama Alliance
www.mountainforumforpeace.org "Our purpose is
to learn how to bring peace into our
personal lives, to support others in striving to live a life of
non-violence, and to encourage awareness of diverse ways of living."
www.earthguardians.org a locally based dynamic
organization of and for young people
all over the globe to make a difference through programs like RYSE: Rising
Youth for a Sustainable Earth. See
videos on web site.
www.womensearthalliance.org invests in grassroots women's
leadership for solutions to our most pressing ecological concerns – water,
food, land, and climate—with respect for local women’s knowledge.
Haudenosaunee Greetings of Thankfulness to the Natural World: http://www.manataka.org/page2359.html
**See studies done for each state for alternative
energy by 2050 (which need to be
revised to 2030) http://thesolutionsproject.org/infographic/#co is one done for Colorado.
See Also: Resources Page of this web site for other resources
If you wish to join the conversation or participate, see--Response
page -- and the Contact Us Page and join the process with the above Resolutions for 2016.