Fulfilling the Promise of the Earth Charter
Edited by Peter Burdon, Klaus Bosselmann and Kirsten Engel
Chapter 4: From stardust to sacred sands: protecting life on Earth through a human story of ethics, care and the cosmos
This chapter examines the story of humanity’s relationship with nature, what it is and what we want it to be. It addresses the gap between reality and ideals by looking at the threats to ethical action - namely money, power and corruption - and the frameworks that foster them. It offers a rooted cosmopolitanism, or cosmopolitan regionalism, as a worldview and a methodology for ethical action. It recognizes the value of the particular and the whole, the place of the particular in the whole and the interdependence and unity in diverse relationships. This perspective also asks humanity to soften, if not realign, its ego and actions, as we are not, and cannot act as if we are, the centre of the universe.
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