* One planet - One health - Making peace with the Earth *
The Covid-19 virus pandemic is a planetary wake-up call from Earth to humanity. It reminds us that we are one with the Earth, we are not separated from it, that we are not its masters, owners and conquerors, nor that we are superior to other species, such as the anthropocentric dogma that they want us to believe .
The pandemic reminds us that we violate the rights of the Earth and all its species at our own risk and expense, and that it would be prudent for us to consider the ancestral knowledge and wisdom of native peoples, guardians of the Earth throughout time, whose deep respect for the Earth is based on an awareness of the interconnectedness of all life. Damaging a part means damaging the whole.
This pandemic is not a "natural disaster", just as the crisis of the extinction of species and climatic extremes are not "natural disasters". Emerging disease epidemics are anthropogenic - caused by human activities.
Earth is an interconnected web of life
The health emergency that we face as a world community is related to the health emergency that the Earth faces: its constant degradation, the extinction and disappearance of species and the climate emergency
When we use poisons and pesticides, such as insecticides and herbicides to kill insects and plants in the industrial model of agriculture, we cause desertification, we pollute water, soil, air and destroy biodiversity. The pesticides are leading to the extinction of species, including pollinators, as we have seen in the drastic decline of bees. When we do open pit metal mining we use millions of liters of water that is essential for human life and nature. When we practice hydraulic fracturing or "fracking", we alter the geological conformation and increase the seismic risk. When we burn the fossil carbon that the earth has fossilized for 600 million years, we violate planetary boundaries. By industrializing and globalizing our food systems we contribute up to 50% of greenhouse gases and climate change is the consequence.
Science informs us that as we invade forest ecosystems, destroy species homes, and manipulate plants and animals for profit, we create the conditions for new disease epidemics. In the last 50 years, up to 300 new pathogens have emerged. It is well documented that around 70 percent of human pathogens, including HIV, Ebola, Influenza, MERS, and SARS, arose when forest ecosystems were invaded and viruses passed from animals to humans.
When animals are herded onto factory farms to maximize profits, new diseases like swine flu and bird flu emerge and spread. Intensive industrial agriculture with the use of pesticides and industrial food systems give rise to non-communicable chronic diseases such as malformations, cancer, endocrine disorders, diabetes, neurological problems and infertility. With Covid-19 infections, morbidity increases dramatically with these pre-existing conditions.
While claiming to feed the world, industrial agriculture has driven a billion human beings into hunger and this number is growing with the global lockdown and destruction of livelihoods.
Our health and the health of the planet is one health. Respecting the limits of the planet, the limits of ecosystems and the integrity of species is vital to protect the planet and our health. Solutions to climate change are also solutions to avoid new disease epidemics. In the debate on the issue of climate change, one cannot help but consider how the dominant technological and economic model, based on fossil fuels, does not take into account the finiteness of the Earth's resources. A world economy based on the myth of growth and unlimited appetite for Earth's resources is at the root of this health crisis and future crises.
The earth is an interconnected web of life. The health emergency we face as a global community is connected to the health emergency facing the Earth - of extinction and disappearance of species and the climate emergency.
The holistic and integrated response to the health emergency consists of making a transition from the paradigm of globalized agriculture and trade intensive in fossil fuels and chemicals, with its heavy ecological footprint, to the local and biodiverse ecological systems of food production and distribution , to heal the Earth and heal ourselves as part of the Earth.
Our Earth Day Commitment:
Return to Earth, in our minds, our lives.
During the Covid-19 crisis and while we come out of Quarantine, we need to definitively learn to protect the Earth, its climate systems, the rights and ecological spaces of various species, and of various people - indigenous, youth, women, farmers and workers. /ace. For the Earth there are no expendable species, there are no disposable people. We all belong and are part of the Earth.
To avoid future pandemics, future famines and a possible scenario of expendable people, we must go beyond the globalized, industrialized and competitive economic system, which is fueling climate change, pushing species to extinction and spreading life-threatening diseases. The location leaves room for diverse species, diverse cultures, and diverse living local economies to flourish.
We must move from the economy of greed and limitless growth, competition and violence, which have pushed us into an existential crisis, and move to an “Economy of Care” - for the Earth, for people and for all living species.
We must reduce our ecological footprint, to leave a fair share of ecological space for other species, all humans and future generations. We must stop seeing the common goods of nature as "resources", abandon the utilitarian, colonial, capitalist and anthropocentric vision that has taught us to name the gifts of nature as "natural resources". Only in this way can we consciously reduce our ecological footprint: acting responsibly like the ancestors of the future.
The health emergency and the closure have shown that when there is political will, we can de-globalize. Let's make this deglobalization of the economy permanent, and localize production according to Gandhi's philosophy of “Swadeshi” (based on principles of self-government and self-sufficiency).
As the pandemic shows, it is local food communities that can provide and distribute food regularly, while globalized food chains, in some parts of the world, collapsed and even speculated on rising food prices.
Contrary to what we are led to believe, it is not globalization that protects people from famines, which produces and exacerbates, but the food sovereignty of peoples, in which people at the community level have the right to produce, choose and consuming adequate, healthy and nutritious food, under fair price agreements for local production and exchange.
The mechanistic mind that dominates our societies creates corporate and personal profit through extraction and manipulation. The corporations and billionaires who with their actions have declared war on Earth and created the world's multiple crises are now preparing for the intensification of industrialized agriculture through digitization and artificial intelligence. They are envisioning a future of agriculture without farmers, and a future of fake food produced in laboratories. These events will deepen the ecological crisis, destroying biodiversity and increasing our separation from Earth.
Food is the web of life and making peace with Earth begins with food. We return to Earth when we take care of the soil and biodiversity. We remember that we are human because we are from "humus" - from the soil. Only our minds, hearts and hands working together with the Earth, as an integral part of their creativity, can heal the Earth, providing us and all other species with healthy food.
As our experience along with other organizations and awareness networks on Earth for Seed Freedom and Food Freedom has taught us, biodiverse and local organic food systems regenerate soil, water and biodiversity and provide healthy food for all and strengthen the human immune system. The wealth of biodiversity in our forests, our farms, our food, and our gut microbiome connects the planet and its diverse species, including humans. Thus, health becomes the common thread, like the disease that the Coronavirus shows us so clearly today.
The war against the Earth is a war against the future of humanity
All life-threatening emergencies in our times are rooted in a mechanistic, militaristic, and patriarchal view of the world, in which humans are separated from nature, as masters of the Earth who can possess, manipulate, and control other species such as objects for profit. It is also rooted in an economic model that views ecological and ethical limits as obstacles to be removed in the interests of profit and unbridled corporate power.
Scientific predictions indicate that if we do not stop this anthropogenic war against the Earth and its species, we will soon destroy the very conditions that allowed humans to evolve and survive. Human greed, arrogance, and irresponsibility lead us to the next pandemic and ultimately to extinction.
The Earth reflects who we are. It shows us their interconnectedness and calls us to begin to recognize their various living intelligences - in the food web of the soil, in plants and animals, and in our food.
Earth has sent a tiny invisible virus to help us make a quantum leap and create a new planetary and ecological civilization based on harmony with nature; today it is a survival imperative.
By signing this manifesto, we commit ourselves, as a planetary coalition, to urge and exhort the authorities and representatives of the governments of each of our countries, cities, towns and communities, to move from the ecocide paradigm that today governs our models of productivity, to a paradigm in which ecological responsibility and economic justice are fundamental to creating a healthy and vibrant future for humanity.
True action against climate change means leaving behind our civilization based on oil extraction and greed and ushering in a new era of interconnectedness and care for the Earth.
We ask for the concerted support of the communities, territories and nations that put ecology at the center of a paradigm of a new and just economy of care.
We call for an end to deliberate destruction and for military budgets worldwide to be converted to the Green Climate Fund to support vulnerable and threatened nations and territories. The swords must become plowshares.
On Earth Day, let us apologize for the damage we have caused to the Earth with the illusion of separation, creating violent paradigms and violent tools that have waged war on Earth. Let us appreciate its magnificence and its beauty that so elevates our spirits and let us commit ourselves to make peace with the Earth and all its species co-creating with it on the basis of its laws of life.
The Earth has given us a clear message through the Coronavirus pandemic. It is our moral imperative, as children of the Earth, to take advantage of this moment in time to act and make that essential leap, which will give us a healing and immeasurable reward: a reconciliation with the Earth, the best legacy we can leave to our future generations. .
A call to action - One planet, one health
It is time to abandon our resource- and profit-intensive economic systems that have created havoc in the world, disrupting the planet's ecosystems, and undermining society's health, justice, and democracy systems.
The Coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing global economic collapse, as well as the collapse of the lives and livelihoods of millions of people, calls on us to take urgent action.
Let's prepare for a post-Coronavirus recovery in which the health and well-being of all peoples and the planet is at the center of all government and institutional policies, community building, and civic action.
Actions to sow the seeds of a new Earth Democracy include:
➢ Promote and protect the richness of biodiversity in our forests, our farms and our food to stop the destruction of the earth and the sixth mass extinction
➢ Promote local, organic and healthy food through biodiverse local food systems and nurturing cultures and economies (farmers markets, CSA biodistricts).
➢ Stop subsidizing industrial agriculture and unsanitary systems that create a burden of disease. Public subsidies must be reoriented towards systems based on agroecology and biodiversity conservation, which provide health benefits and protect common goods.
➢ Stop favoring industrial junk food and unhealthy food systems based on nutritionally empty and toxic commodities.
➢ End monocultures, genetic manipulation of plants, and factory farming of animals that are spreading pathogens and antibiotic resistance
➢ Stop deforestation, which is expanding exponentially through industrial monocultures for corporate interests. Forests are the lungs of the Earth.
➢ Practice a sustainable agriculture based on the integration of the diversity of crops, trees and animals.
➢ Save, grow and reproduce traditional seed varieties to safeguard biodiversity. They need to be kept not as museum pieces in genebanks, but in live seed banks that function as the foundation of a health care system.
➢ Create poison-free zones, communities, farms and food systems.
➢ Introduce policies to assess the costs of damage to health and the environment caused by chemicals and enact the principle that the polluter pays.
➢ Health must take precedence over business interests when it comes to the use of chemicals and pesticides in food and agriculture. The precautionary principle should be promulgated.
➢ Transition from globalization to localization and make deglobalization permanent. Stop corporate takeover of our food and health
➢ Introduce local circular economies that increase people's well-being and health
➢ Support, regenerate and strengthen communities
➢ Create Gardens of Hope, Gardens of Health everywhere - in community gardens, institutions, schools, prisons, hospitals in cities and the countryside
➢ Stop using “Growth” and GDP as measures of the health of the economy. GDP is based on the extraction of resources from nature and the wealth of society
➢ Adopt the well-being of citizens as a measure of the health of the economy
Text that circulates on Social Networks, from the Face wall of Isabel Donato, bio-builder.
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