Earth Day, April 22, 2003.
Urmas Kaldveer is a member of the board of directors of the
Cloud Forest Institute.
again we gather both physically and spiritually to remember
our relationship with this earth. Each year it becomes increasingly
clear that this ancient and utter dependence upon the natural
resources of our planet is not understood or honored by the
This year it is far more than that. This year we have once again
unleashed the four horsemen to ride over the body of our planet
and leave behind death, destruction, famine and disease. There
is no greater damage that can be done to our natural environment
than through the actions of war. Today that action is damaging
beyond anything witnessed before.
must not forget that while we are most influenced and swayed
by descriptions of human carnage, the effect of war on the natural
environment in today's kind of military actions creates a different
carnage. Air no longer fit to breath, contaminated waters and
soil. And most heinous of all, thousands of tons of radioactive
contamination left behind by munitions using depleted uranium.
environmental legacy of this war will plague generations of
children long after the present belligerents on both sides are
remembered merely as minor players in the game of world dominance.
Let us remember this Earth Day that the very body of the divine
mother is being desecrated and dishonored.