Declaration of the Four Sacred Things
The Earth is a living, conscious being. In company with cultures of many
different times and places, we name these things as sacred: air, fire,
water, and earth.
Whether we see them as the breath, energy, blood, and body of the Mother,
or as the blessed gifts of a Creator, or as symbols of interconnected
systems that sustain life, we know that nothing can live without them.
To call these things sacred is to say that they have a value beyond their
usefulness for human ends, that they themselves become the standard by
which our acts, our economics, our laws, and our purposes must be judged.
No one has the right to appropriate them or profit from them at the expense
of others. Any government that fails to protect them forfeits its
All people, all living things, are part of the earth life, and so are
sacred. No one of us stands higher or lower than any other. Only justice
can assure balance; only ecological balance can sustain freedom. Only in
freedom can that fifth sacred thing we call spirit flourish in its full
To honor the sacred is to create conditions in which nourishment,
sustenance, habitat, knowledge, freedom, and beauty can thrive. To honor
the sacred is to make love possible.
To this we dedicate our curiosity, our will, our courage, our silences, and
our voices. To this we dedicate our lives.