CHERISHING OUR PLANET: The Way of HONOUR & UNDERSTANDING

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  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree Over one billion people do not have safe drinking water1
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree Although there is enough food produced each year to feed all on the planet, every day there are over one billion people who go hungry1
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree 60% of the ozone layer has been lost in 50 years1
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree 70% of the world’s original forests have been eliminated1
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree 30% of the world’s arable land has been lost in the last 40 years1
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree 90% of all large fish are going from the oceans1
  • 1395550411_deciduous_tree Carbon dioxide/greenhouse gas emissions grew 2.2%/year on average between 2000 – 2010, versus 1.3%/year from 1970 – 2000, and are projected to double or triple by 20502.
“Only when I saw the Earth from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind’s most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations.”
Sigmund Jahn

Care and respect for the earth and the diversity of species which inhabit our planet is foundational to all we do.  Although aware we cannot fix the entire world at once, we believe in infinite possibilities.  At the very least, we can stretch out to mend the part within our reach (Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés), doing so with passion.  We understand that miracles do happen, everything is connected, and exponential growth happens when working together.  It inspires us to be ingenious with our vision of infinite possibilities, meticulous with our practices, forge alliances with like-minded organizations, and strive to walk the talk with our actions.

Our way of life, particularly in western culture, is unsustainable.  An organization founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, The Elders recognizes climate change as the biggest challenge of our time and note a disproportionate impact on the poorest and most vulnerable. It threatens the well-being of hundreds of millions of people today and many billions more in the future.  Our actions have consequences.  We recognize our impact on climate change, on the degradation of our soil, air and water through toxins and poisons. Massive swaths of habitat have been destroyed contributing to the loss of countless species.

Conscious that we live in urgent and uncertain times, Living Ways increases awareness of our global situation while providing practical guidance and opportunities to support effective ground-level projects.  Living Ways will foster sustainable practices such as permaculture, the protection of land, and the way of collaborative communities, among many others. Future generations will reap the efforts of our work.  Diligently listening, discerning, designing, creating and tending projects and programs, we work for an abundant harvest for generations to come.

As an organization, we likewise infuse all aspects of our operations with the principles of sustainability. Living Ways is committed to ecological practices that maintain and restore the health of natural ecosystems, local economies, and the well-being of our staff, volunteers and all our relations.

To find out more about our projects visit our Project Sanctuary Page.

1. Sustainable World Source Book: Critical Issues, Viable Solutions, Resources for Action, p 2
2. Draft report Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; theguardian.com Jan 17, 2014
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