Earth Council Ethos

 

Earth Council ethos is based on an interpretation of the Australian Aboriginal ethos regarding the proper relationship between human and human, and humans and other life forms:

1. Balance:
A system cannot be life enhancing if it is out of kilter, and each part shares in the responsibility of sustaining itself and balancing others.

2. Response:
Communication is reciprocal. There is here a moral obligation to pay attention, to learn, to understand, to respond.

3. Symmetry:
In opposing and balancing each other, parts must be equivalent because the purpose is not to “win” or dominate, but to equalize thereby producing further balance.

4. Autonomy:
No species, no group, nor any country is “boss” for another; each adheres to its own Law.

[Deborah Bird Rose, an American ethnographer who lived intimately with the Yarralin people (NT; Australia) sensitively chronicled some of their perspectives on nature and made the above interpretation.]

Inter-dependence may be necessary both within and between parts.

“The Earth, so far as we know, is the birthplace of our species and our only home. We are close to committing – in fact many would argue that we have already committed – what in our language, could justifiably be termed “Crimes against Creation!”” – “Wisdom of the Elders” by David Suzuki and Peter Knudtson.