With the climate crisis gaining momentum and human beings doing too little to stop it, I thought I would pass along some advice for a future civilization of human beings who I hope will be wiser than us.
By Val Zavala
- Thou shall protect, preserve, and revere nature above all human comforts and convenience.
- Thou shall control your numbers in alignment with nature’s resources.
- Thou shall not take, consume, or store more food or resources than are needed.
- Thou shall not allow wealth or resources to be concentrated in the hands of a few.
- All tools, objects and shelter shall be returned to the earth over seven generations. (In other words – no plastic!)
- Thou shall develop and use only energy that is sustainable and renewable.
- Thou shall give all children an equal and loving education.
- Thou shall give equal value and respect to fellow humans in all their variations and diversity.
- Thou shall place power in the hands of your wisest members, mostly women.
- Thou shall remember always the divine nature of the sacred earth and the universe that surrounds it.
In other words – Don’t screw up like we did.
Val Zavala is a retired public television reporter/anchor living in Altadena.
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