Global Declaration of Interdependence
Join with others to affirm the Oneness of life on Earth. Stand up for inclusion and sustainability.
It is a simple idea, which has been around for at least ten years but somehow this year it seems especially pertinent to put ourselves on the side of the world and to distance ourselves from the growing voices of self interest.
'We, The World' is one of those global movements which aims to promote this perspective. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu explains:
"The objective of the organization We, The World is to facilitate cooperation on a global scale amongst groups and individuals dedicated to implementing solutions to the many challenges we face on the planet at this time...We invite you to join us in a movement without which all the other movements for change can not be successful. The crucial movement we are talking about is the shift from 'I' to 'We'".
Thursday September 21st has been called International Day of Peace and we are being invited by We, The World, to use the occasion and the eleven days leading up to it, to join with others to commit ourselves to a Global Declaration of Interdependence.
Here is a short ceremony for those who wish to declare their commitment to 'We'.
Preamble: [Stated by the person leading the Declaration prior to the public reciting it]:
In acknowledgment of the many existing documents and efforts that promote peace, sustainability, global interconnectedness, reverence for life and unity, we hereby offer the following Declaration of Interdependence as our guiding set of principles for moving forward into this new millennium. It is derived from the Earth Charter, the essential values of which have been culled from the many peoples of the Earth.
If you agree with these words, I invite you to join me:
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 insure a sustainable and harmonious world
For present and future generations.
If your organisation or church makes this declaration then We The World would like to hear from you. You may also like to link such a ceremony with the planting of a peace pole. Here's an example, with the message, 'May peace prevail on earth', written in four languages.