An Earth Day Proclamation
INSTITUTE OF GLOBAL EDUCATION
Special NGO consultant to United Nations Economic and Social
Department of Integrated Ecology
Post Office Box 1605 Friday
Harbor, Washington 98250 (360) 378-6313
Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Director
Portland State University
April 20, 2004
TO: Contemporary Leaders and
A Proclamation for Earth Day,
April 22, 2004:
Dear Leadership Person,
A half a century ago, Walt
Kelly, through his cartoon character Pogo, said "We have
met the enemy and he is us." Today, our planet and
its people continue to face this profound problem complete with
all its detrimental effects. So how do we determine, and deal
with, the part of us that is the enemy without feeling threatened
by the implications?
This Earth Day 2004, Project
NatureConnect has issued a Proclamation announcing that a resolution
to this conundrum has been found. And it is essential to our
future because even now, 34 years after the first Earth
Day and 42 years after Silent Spring, scientists are telling
--levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have jumped abruptly
--marine "dead zones" are on the increase
--mental/emotional illness is increasing and ranks second in
the burden of disease in market economies
These maladies have a common
cause; they are the result of the part of us that is
the enemy, the part that continues to be separated from the inherent
health and productivity of nature. Neither natural systems nor
nature-connected societies/cultures produce the acute problems
suffered by our contemporary society. It is the earth-separated
ways in which we learn to think that causes these troubles.
It is essential to begin to recognize this in a deep and
broad way because the way we think is our destiny.
Statistics show that more than seventy percent of the
population are now in counseling programs, self-help groups or
therapy of some kind. There is great dis-ease in our culture
and on the planet. As a recognized leader, and a citizen
of Earth, it is your responsibility to use your influence to
help our society and our planet. We ask that you to do this
now as part of Earth Week 2004 and in the months that follow.
Today, via the Internet, a wide scale means is available for
counselors, therapists and teachers to genuinely connect their
thinking, as well as that of their clients and students, with
authentic natural systems. This way of thinking makes
available to our psych the regenerative healing and balancing
powers of nature. This thinking/feeling reconnection
to nature enables us to reverse many of the problems we
cause and thereby increases personal and environmental wellness.
Over a half a billion people
now have the Internet. This accessible and easily learned Internet
tool can help our consciousness walk nature's socially and environmentally
responsible path to rewarding and renewing relationships and
Details are found on the following
Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving
your support in this effort.
A copy of this letter online,
those who have received it and those who who have indicated a
willingness to help is located at http://www.ecopsych.com/earthprocletter.html
Please feel free to pass this letter on to friends and associates
who can be of service in this vital cause.
For Peace on Earth Through Peace With Earth,
Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
Director. Project NatureConnect.