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Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Discipline of Tending to Our Own Planet | David Krieger, Truthout

Near the start of this article, Krieger writes:
In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic book, The Little Prince, the prince says: "It's a matter of discipline. When you've finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend to your planet." But that is an imaginary planet with an imaginary little prince. On the real planet that supports life, the one we inhabit, there aren't enough of us who exercise such discipline and tend to our planet with loving care.
Later, after describing the harm we humans have done to Earth, Krieger writes that as stewards of the planet, "We need a new approach to economics based on what is truly precious - life and the conditions that support it."

And he concludes:
Earth Day will have its greatest value if it reminds us to care for our Earth and each other all the other days of the year, individually and through our public policy. We need to inspire people throughout the world, young and old alike, with a vision of the beauty and wonder of the Earth that we can now enjoy, restore and preserve for future generations if we tend to our planet with the discipline of the little prince.

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