Pax Natura Declaration
the people of the Earth, affirm the Universe is governed with precision
and perfection by a system of natural laws set in motion to maintain
order and sustain all living and non-living systems.
the long corridors of time, these laws have brought forth an astonishing
diversity of life reflecting Natures beauty, creativity, and orderliness.
This tapestry of diversity at the very heart of Nature is whole, indivisible,
and manifests in the countless interconnections of each and every
human family is but one thread in this interwoven fabric and yet mirrors,
as do all its parts, the grandeur of the Universe and the wisdom of
its Creator. We have an inherent right and solemn responsibility to
live peacefully not only with each other, but with every expression
of Nature’s bounty in the eternal web of life. In the course
of human existence it has now become necessary to humbly acknowledge
the manifold abuse delivered by ourselves, and in our names, upon
the very Nature that has created and sustained us throughout time.
stand at a critical juncture in history. While wars have ravaged human
civilization in the form of armed conflict between our fellow brothers
and sisters, an undeclared war has also been raging against the natural
world. This conflict, while complex and difficult to define, constitutes
a far more insidious and dangerous threat to our long-term survival.
Reports of new levels of destruction and decimation continue coming
from front line ecologists, biologists, meteorologists, and concerned
individuals from many different fields. The battle grounds in this
war include the decline of clean air and water, the relentless restructuring
of our atmosphere and climate, the clearing of the rainforests, the
destruction of the coral reefs, the degradation of planting soils,
the proliferation of unnatural monoculture agriculture, the random
re-structure of Nature’s gene pool, and a host of other violent
acts against our Mother earth.
result of this assault is now self-evident with the tragic loss of
bio-diversity and a general decline in the quality of life for all
species, including our own. Violence against Nature is not new and
is rooted in the philosophical belief that humans have sovereignty
over living systems and that our existence is justified at the expense
of a declining planet.
reject this thesis and all of its ramifications. While acknowledging
that all natural systems require energy and water for survival, and
that competition for resources is a natural process in nature’s
design, we hold this form of competition does not constitute an act
of war. Rather, the conflict we speak of is an idea instilled in the
hearts and minds of our youth for generations and manifests as separation,
isolation, and alienation from the natural world.
must cultivate in our children a deep and profound appreciation for
the Nature that sustains them. It is time to begin healing centuries
of conflict by re-defining our place in the web of life on earth.
Ancient philosophical principles all proclaim and speak to the Oneness
of the world. Experience and research from every corner of the globe
has now demonstrated that these once abstract principles must now
be understood in a practical way as the framework for the survival
Universal Declaration of Peace with Nature will mark the beginning
of a new era of life on earth where human civilization is patterned
on the eternal guiding principles of natural law, and the diversity
of life is governed, without prejudice, from the unity and oneness
of Nature. Therefore, we the undersigned, representing ourselves,
our lands, and the best aspirations of all humankind, do hereby declare
from this day forward, a state of perpetual Peace with Nature