A Declaration of Interdependence:
A Pledge to Planet Earth
The Interdependence Handbook
Declaration of Interdependence
I, the Green PaTroll,
I will always strive to uphold
the principles of 'interdependent'
~ Asking the ants who keep
invading my domicile to please
relocate to a better place and
putting some nice treats outside
for them instead of smashing
them with my new Birkenstock
~ Making sure that I respect my
neighbors by not having primal scream sessions at 3am.
~ Always striving to not pick too
many flowers when I go for my
walks so that they can reseed
~ Being patient with my weaknesses
and mistakes (which will allow me
to be the same to others)
~ Giving my utmost attention to
loved ones on a regular basis...
it is easy to forget sometimes that
we all need triple 'A' treatment -
This Declaration is subject to
additions and revisions as I am
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Declarations of Interdependence
No sense in reinventing the wheel nor re-writing what has already been said about Declaring Interdependence & Interdependence Day. Tom Atlee from the Co-Intelligence Institute - linked below - has this to offer:
While independence is a very difficult and important developmental stage -- a dramatic step up from dependence, as anyone who has teens and two-year-olds will tell you -- it is not the ultimate goal of maturity.
As we mature, life encourages us to bring the healthy individuality (which we developed through our independence) into relationships and networks which involve a lot of healthy interdependence. People use words like mutuality, community and synergy to describe this good kind of interdependence.
Nature is a great model of interdependence. Today you, like me, are breathing hundreds of gallons of invisible oxygen, a gift from our plant kin, to whom we return hundreds of gallons of that stuffy carbon dioxide that they love so much (thank heavens for diversity!). Meanwhile the flowers are gifting nectar to the bees, who return the favor by pollinating the flowers.
And we have to face it: While rabbits are staving off foxly hunger, the foxes are keeping the rabbits from overgrazing their bioregion so that their species can continue to thrive. It all fits, one way or another, in dense webs of interdependence.
But interdependence is social, as well. As technology, cheap oil, and population growth bring us all to each other's doorsteps, and as the globalization of economic, political and ecological factors (and occasional disasters) have woven our destinies ever-more-tightly together, more people are waking up to the fact that we are interdependent whether we like it or not..
When Chernobyl melted down on April 16, 1986, and New York's Twin Towers crashed a thunderous hole in our security on September 11, 2001, we got glimpses of the dark side of our interdependence. And every day, from our front-row mass media seats, we watch global warming, terrorism, SARS, and the deaths of oceans and war-torn children unfold.
It seems that the world is trying to tell us something. Perhaps it hopes that demonstrating our INTRINSIC interdependence will stimulate us to CONSCIOUSLY CO-CREATE POSITIVE FORMS OF INTERDEPENDENCE -- mutuality, community, synergy and co-intelligence.
INTERDEPENDENCE DAYS AND DECLARATIONS
Interdependence Days and Declarations of Interdependence give us ways to remind ourselves and each other just how important interdependence is.
Since there have apparently been no official national Interdependence Days or Declarations of Interdependence, grassroots creativity has moved in to fill this need. Websurfing this subject produced hundreds of pages. Each one focused on a different aspect of interdependence -- humanitarian, ecological, spiritual, economic... In fact, one of the most intriguing things about this almost invisible movement is that local regions, counties, communities, school systems, and others have apparently been writing up their own Declarations of Interdependence whenever they wanted to, for their own purposes.
Interesting idea, isn't it? We could all do it.
It seems the first major Declaration of Interdependence was proposed by historian Will Durant on April 8, 1944. He, Meyer David and Dr. Christian Richard wrote it -- -- and launched a movement around it on March 22, 1945. This basically humanitarian document about tolerance and respect was introduced into the Congressional Record on October 1, 1945. It was a nice beginning -- but only a beginning.
Historian Henry Steele Commager seems to have instigated the next major Declaration of Interdependence in 1975. He was concerned about a variety of global threats and suggested that a global government was needed to address them all -- a view shared by many others, notably Albert Einstein.
While it seems historians are the ones who started this movement, the torch was soon picked up by the twin forces of global capitalism on the one hand and global environmentalism and civil society on the other.
Somewhere along the line Commager's version was adopted by the Global Interdependence Center run by elite global financial institutions in their efforts to further their vision of a new world order -- a vision that has been intensely critiqued by numerous factions on both the Left and the Right.
In 1992 an ecologically-oriented Declaration of Interdependence was written by five members of the David Suzuki Foundation for the United Nations' Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro . And recently a democracy-oriented version was written for the CivWorld global Citizens Campaign for Democracy, a project of Benjamin Barber's Democracy Collaborative.
Meanwhile, as I said, many others have been formulating their own declarations of interdependence. For example New York, New Jersey and Connecticut crafted one to further their cooperation in regional development and Bloomington and Monroe Counties in Indiana came up with one to express their shared commitment to children and education. I find this a fascinating approach to organize a community or region....
And what of Interdependence DAY?
Interestingly, in spite of many individual and local assertions of July 4th (give or take a few days) as Interdependence Day - the major efforts to organize a widely-recognized Interdependence Day have been inspired the 9-11 attacks. The collapsing Twin Towers highlighted the USA's interdependence with the rest of the world.
So the nonprofit "We, The World" organization called together peace and environmental groups to build mass public involvement in Interdependence Day as a new global tradition starting September 1, 2002 They proposed this as the first special day of "Culture of Peace Month" which includes September 11th and September 21st, the International Day of Peace designated by the UN. Their effort was endorsed by alternative luminaries like Dr. Jane Goodall, Daniel Ellsberg, Dr. Riane Eisler, Hazel Henderson, Thom Hartmann, Dr. Ervin Laszlo, and Paul Ray.
Benjamin Barber's CivWorld have scheduled their Interdependence Day memorial for September, as well. They figure we woke up to our interdependence the day after 9-11, which suggests September 12 as a good time to celebrate Interdependence Day.
As far as I'm concerned, we could use the months of June, July, August AND September as a "Season of Interdependence," with different cities, countries, organizations, groups, individuals, etc., putting on their own Interdependence Days, and linking to each other to share approaches and experiences.
NURTURING ACTIVE INTERDEPENDENCE
So these are ways we can observe -- in all meanings of that word -- our interdependence.
But let us not stop there, just observing. Let us move from observing to co-creating interdependence. Let us familiarize ourselves and each other with active forms of interdependence -- paths, tools and guidelines that can help us co-create more just, wise and sustainable cultures.
Anything which evokes or facilitates our co-creativity, our healthy collective self-organization, is an empowering form of interdependence.
Interdependence can look like dialogues* where we all learn from each other, weaving our lives, stories and hearts together and discovering new understandings and possibilities we could never have found alone. We can experience a near-magical interdependence through good dialogue in our relationships, in our groups and organizations, in our neighborhoods and communities, and in our conversations over great distances and times -- through telecommunications, scholarship, art and imagination -- into the heart of the past, into the heart of the future, into the heart of the Other....
Interdependence can look like democratic feedback systems -- fair and open elections, citizen deliberative councils,* public dialogue,* governmental checks and balances,* freedom of information, association, and speech -- through which public officials and citizens empower, monitor and depend on each other for creating a democracy that works for all.
Interdependence can look like co-creative partnership with nature -- like permaculture,* bioregionalism,* green city planning and architecture, sustainable energy, local economics,* and even statistics that measure real quality of life.*
Interdependence -- if we wake up and live it -- looks like all life working together to enhance all life.
See Tom's Declaration and Links to his website below
This Declaration of Interdependence expresses the David Suzuki Foundation values as an organization. It was written for the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Declaration of Interdependence
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 human animals, related to all other life as descendants of the firstborn 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 million species 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 life.
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.
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 suffering 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 of 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 after us, 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, to interdependence.
Tom Atlee's Declaration of Interdependence
We hold this truth to be self-evident:
We are All.
Therefore we live this truth
in our lives, communities and societies,
and thrive together into a long future
that we create together.
We are the world that is awakening
to both the fact and the opportunity
of our interdependence --
fully, finally and beyond a shadow of doubt.
We are the world who are making
ourselves a good world that works for all people and all life.
Because we know the Greatest Secret of All:
"We are All in this together."
We, the people of planet Earth,
In recognition of the interconnectedness of all life
And the importance of the balance of nature,
Hereby acknowledge our interdependence
And affirm our dedication
To life-serving environmental stewardship,
The fulfillment of universal human needs worldwide,
Economic and social well-being,
And a culture of peace and nonviolence,
To ensure a sustainable and harmonious world
For present and future generations.
Declaring Interdependence is the first step on the path of sustainable living. This video by Tamara Lenski is a beautiful example of a personal declaration. Below are more declarations that Sustainable Matrix Weavers have made since this project's launch and we will be adding more as this project evolves. Quality rules over Quantity is one of the rules of the Sustainable Matrix -
We Invite You to Declare Your Interdependence....
Declarations from the Sustainable Matrix Weavers
We are all in this together! One Earth, one living breathing being. I am so energized by the rapidly evolving nature of our culture and our planet. I see humans moving towards an amazing way of living on earth, and signs of hope are everywhere! Interdependence is the keystone of our future success as a species. Embodying interdependence on a personal level is one of the most rewarding challenges I have ever accepted. Onward!
Paul Wimbush Lammas EcoVillage
The ability to sustain life is a power that comes from the Earth, rises through the heart and is articulated through creative thoughtI will follow my heart and do what needs to be done to build a brighter world
I declare to serve life in waking up to the connection, beauty, love, truth, wisdom and endless, endless creativity of itself.
We are all in this sphere together, so we need to act like it! I am here now to play my part. We have our work cut out for us, so lets do this green thing! Amazing discoveries await for us all as we move forward into the sustainability matrix!!!
Indira's web, spaceship earth,
dependant co-origination, imua.
I pledge to live the idea.
I am here to re-member who I am and to serve as a mid-wife for the rebirth of the Earth.
I intend to:
W alk courageously
Listen to the inner whisperings
Allow myself to be guided by Wisdom
Honor the darkness as well as the light
Commit myself to journey through Mystery
Help guide others toward their life’s purpose
S ee and respect fellow travelers as manifestations of God
Celebrate each day as a gift and offer gratitude for all I’m given
Join hands with others to build bridges into a new paradigm of Spirit in Earth
Dominic Stucker -
Earth Charter Youth Initiative &
The Sustainability Institute
I stand in awe of the beauty and graceful complexity of nature and humanity. A member of the community of life, I realize that I am a small part of the whole, but a change agent none the less. I am commited to working on behalf of the Earth, humanity, and future generations. To quote "The Way Forward" from the Earth Charter:
"Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life."
|Brandy Jackson - Green Talk Network
My declaration of interdependence is personal thus if affects the world! I want to live a life that is worthy of my potential, I want to be an example to my son--it's about the next generation! By doing this I am affecting everyone around me--leading by example not by my words but by my works! I declare to be part of the solution no longer enslaved by the problems!
|Adama DIOP - Agnam Goly
I, Adama DIOP hereby on the name of Agnam-Goly declare ourselves part of the Interdependence as "the present course is unsustainable and postponing action is no longer a solution." I strongly believe that sustainable development can be a solution to save our Terra madre. Altogether we can make difference. In community..
|Mathew D. Pinck - Notorious Teaze
My declaration is to be as real and as authentic in my life as I can be. I declare to get out of my way, to just go for it.... to come into my true self, however fearful it feels,
or how many tears I cry.
Sustainability is not only about Organic and Non Toxic products, it's also about being sustainable in one's mind; in thoughts and feelings. I must be Organic in my mind and heart... as I sell Organic,
and wear Organic = hand in hand.
Here I go.......
|Terri Stevenson - Circles of Light
I, Terri Stevenson, declare and consciously acknowledge my interdependence with ALL beings, and I intend to share my wisdom and energy to promote the evolution of a truly sustainable culture. I open my heart to the exciting energy of the generation now at the forefront of the sustainability movement with more hope than I have ever dared to hold. I now expect that many of the LONG held dreams of my heart will indeed emerge in my lifetime.Thank you for your brilliance, your courage, and your tenacity to birth this project. Namaste
|Yvonne Cuneo -
This community is built on the knowledge that all life is interconnected and for 46 years we have been cocreating the future, from the deep wisdom within each of us and with the intelligence in all life. We have been experimenting with new ways of being and because we want to spread this message - that we are all one - we are taking the tools we have developed here - ways of connecting within, connecting with each other and with the earth - to schools, to universities, to business and to government. YEAH!!!
Seeds of Sustainability
I, Robin Marche, do hereby declare my Interdependency to everyone else, as everyone effect’s everyone else, and I openly acknowledge it.
To ‘promote life’ in my daily living, remembering full well ALL my choices affects your existence too; that my choices ARE your choices; that to live interdependently is to live consciously through eyes of us all.
And I raise my proverbial glass to everyone who too holds common vision in the simple healthy existence of All, on this beautiful island Earth
Elizabeth Slate -
Alchemical Nursery Project
I am a ball of energy and light trapped in
a 27 year old body, and I am going to EXPLODE if I don't continue every day
to carry out my mission, which is to SAVE THE PLANET!! I have decided that the
best way for me to do this is to start
working to organize folks around the
ideas of urban transformation and redevelopment, which is how I came to
form The Alchemical Nursery Project,
a 501c3 organization. The work that I
am doing now for the ANP, sharing my energy and ideas, is both exciting and rewarding for me. Because putting yourself out there gets people involved, inspires
them to share their own ideas, and creates
a sense of community. This is the work
of a lifetime, and a legacy for generations
to come. I know this is why I am here,
and the fact that we have big plans
(eco-block -> eco-neighborhood ->
eco-city -> eco-state -> eco-country ->
eco-world) does not deter me in
the slightest. Big changes need to
happen, and people are the initiators.
I am one of those people, and nothing
is going to stop me.
|Franklen Raymond Cetera - Alchemical Nursery Project
A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him. As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it, and was causing all the pain. He pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the Lion, who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog. Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day used to bring him meat from which to live. But shortly afterwards both Androcles and the Lion were captured, and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the Lion, after the latter had been kept without food for several days. The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena. Soon the Lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim. But as soon as he came near to Androcles he recognised his friend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like a friendly dog. The Emperor, surprised at this, summoned Androcles to him, who told him the whole story. Whereupon the slave was pardoned and freed, and the Lion let loose to his native forest. ~ Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
|Eric Lewis - Green Living Journal
As I push more toward Elder status in our Earth Tribe I will strive to bring about the sharing of knowledge and community whenever possible.
Together we can turn this ship around!
|Auldridge Chibbwalu - ECYI Zambia
I declare this article and urge the community to live responsibly as individuals and collective as the world to sustain human and animal life...
I urge the policy makers as well to stand up for the voiceless living organisms thank
Corrina McFarlane -
Hover little Hummingbird..
Your medicine is Huge in these..
dire and beautiful times..
Law of Levity; we are not bound by it...
but beholden, yes!
Beholden: owing something, such as gratitude, to another; indebted, interwoven...interdependent....
The medicine of Hummingbird..
Perhaps the only medicine powerful enough..
to address the travesty..
of the human spirit..
So... now you know Why The Caged Bird Sings..
You know why the Hummingbird is...
In Your Face!!!
What shall we do..
as the Great Night comes gathering..?
Let * levity * lift....
Let that which delights you...
lest you be broken..
Hover, hover... Levity..
like the Hummingbird..
Otherwise we are..
Dead in the dust..
Why are you here?? because someone..
wished upon a star..
(when everything's made to be broken..
I just want you to Know Who You Are)
|A Natural Villager - Natural Villages
OUR Natural Villagers collective declaration is to build, in our lifetime a self propelled environmental and cultural recovery system for humanity. ~ Done in a manner that frees the indigenous people first, all of this guided as now, by this indigenous hearts group and spirit realm of sustainability promoters who held this way sacred for a millenia, and lost the grip when our dark age enveloped the hearts of some of the lighter skinned peoples...All of us joined at the heart and soul, sharing the same creator, our conscious loving sun..the god we can live in a joyous celebration of life and love with from celestial festival to food production village location that trades and barters online...
Systems already developed, you can view all this at www.natural-villages.org...as we have been working with our native landlords for a long time figuring out how to deliver this into our humanity...with the perpetual harvest greenhouse, any location on earth can become food sustaining, and we can live in gorgeous extremely low (or no, yes..it has been done...no cost homes very small, tho) low cost earthen natural homes, while living love, and learning the joy of authentic sustainable lifestyles.... free from the slave wage system...we are daring to place ourselves as a 10 on the sustainable knowledge scale...however, we have been active ceremony practitioners for a very long time...those who join with creator in consciousness, learn to live love inherently, which IS the sustainble approach to human community....As our Lakota friends say:
Chante Me Chu Ha, "you have my heart"
So please, treat it as you would, your own..and dont drop it on the ground in a fight. Nature, is our Mother, her heart, is the most important of all without her...we do not exist! Love, life and light
consciousness is our creator and joy is our hummingbird teacher and fire is our life and our ritual, light and life LIVE within the ceremony container...
Om Nama Shivaya! Oh Mateoh!
Oh Mitakuay Oyasin
TIA MICHEL - Ivory Coast
I would like to help the whole world be educated through volunteering.And I need to be financed in order to get a higher education level so as to be able to reach aims and realize this sustainable.For I lack financial means.
I have no website now
Declaration of Interdependence
We hold these truths to be self-evident:
That all life is interconnected, and endowed by our Creator
with certain inalienable rights and responsibilities,
That among these are presence, compassion, and the pursuit of happiness.
That to secure these rights and responsibilities,
We open our minds and hearts to the needs of others, and our own true needs,
We hear the sound of the living universe in our ears, and add our voices to the song,
We live every moment with awareness of the purity and power of existence.
And for the support of this Declaration, we pledge to each other our love and our breath,
For the freedom of the one is the freedom of the all, and the pain of the one is the pain of the all;
The breath of the one is the breath of the all, and the breath of the all is the breath of God.