Compassionate Earth Walk

Copied below is a web posting of Shodo Spring, a Buddhist who will be walking one of the pipeline routes beginning in July.  I posted it because his statement precisely agrees with my opinions — and because I (and Bitsy hopes to come along) plan to participate in part of the walk.  If you also want to participate, go to his web site.  I added the map here.

Humans are destroying the earth, including ourselves. We are using up all the natural resources (coal, oil, water, soil, natural gas) as if they would replenish themselves – or as if there were no tomorrow. We make chemicals that make millions of us sick. Our extraction of fossil fuels (and our unnatural methods of farming) are causing climate change that has already caused catastrophic floods and droughts – and we are on track for much, much worse.

Pipelines mapKnowing this, our governments and institutions have chosen to continue extracting resources at an ever-increasing rate, to create new and more sophisticated poisons, and to ridicule or imprison those who object. The disease of our day is to see ourselves as independent and the world as a resource to consume.

In this walk, we openly announce that it is the other way around: we are part of the earth, embraced, supported, and given life by it. None of us could take a single breath without the help of the myriad beings that inhabit this planet. In doing so, we ally ourselves with millions of people who have lived in harmony with their natural communities, for centuries and millenia. We thus begin to decolonize ourselves, which is a step toward real decolonization.

  • Walking, we consciously give energy to the earth, going against the flow of constantly taking as if it were our right.
  • Meeting people, we listen to their stories and offer them love and support.
  • Entering communities, we offer our hands in service and invite dialogue and shared prayer. Where we are invited, we connect communities with resources, knowledge and skills for restoring the earth and their local economy.
  • Sharing our story, we invite everyone to leave the values of consumption and destruction, and return to membership in the community of life.
  • Living together as we travel in conscious spiritual community, we allow ourselves to be opened and healed by all these encounters and each other.

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