“You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of our grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children — that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, the spit upon themselves.


(droughts and rising temperature)

This we know. The earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connect

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life;


(rising water level)

he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself