The planet earth is to date the only oasis of life that we know in the heart of a huge sidereal desert. Caring for it, respecting its physical and biological integrity, taking advantage of its resources in moderation, establishing peace and solidarity between humans, respecting all forms of life, is the most realistic, the most magnificent project which is.
The following proposals are taken from the international charter for land and humanism, written by Pierre Rabhi for the Colibris movement, from his book towards happy sobriety, published in 2010 by Actes-Sud.
More than just ideas, these proposals reinvent a model of society to offer an alternative to today's world. So that time stops being just money, so that silence becomes wonderful again, so that the logic of limitless profit gives way to that of the living, so that the beating of our hearts does not sound like engines to explosion, and finally to live and take care of life.
1: Agroecology, for an organic and ethical farming
Of all human activities, agriculture is the most essential, since no human being can do without food. The agroecology that we advocate as a life ethic and agricultural technique allows populations to regain their autonomy, their food security and their food safety, while regenerating and preserving their nourishing heritage.
2: Relocate the economy to give it meaning
Producing and consuming locally is an absolute necessity for the security of populations with regard to their basic and legitimate needs. Without closing off to complementary exchanges, the territories would then become autonomous cradles that enhance and care for their local resources. Human-scale agriculture, crafts, small businesses, etc., should be rehabilitated so that as many citizens as possible can become actors in the economy.
3: The feminine at the heart of change
The subordination of the feminine to an outrageous and violent masculine world remains one of the great handicaps to the positive evolution of the human race. Women are more inclined to protect life than to destroy it. We must pay homage to women, guardians of life, and listen to the feminine that exists in each of us.
4: Happy sobriety against the "always more"
Faced with the indefinite “always more” that is ruining the planet for the benefit of a minority, sobriety is a conscious choice inspired by reason. It is an art and an ethics of life, source of satisfaction and deep well-being. It represents a political positioning and an act of resistance in favor of land, sharing and equity.
5: Another education to learn while marveling
We wish with all our reason and with all our heart an education which is not based on the anxiety of failure but on the enthusiasm to learn. Who abolishes the “every man for himself” to exalt the power of solidarity and complementarity. Who puts the talents of each at the service of all. An education that balances the openness of the mind to abstract knowledge with the intelligence of the hands and concrete creativity. Which connects the child to nature, to which he owes and will always have his survival, and which awakens him to beauty, and to his responsibility with regard to life. For all this is essential for the elevation of his consciousness.
6: Embody Utopia
Utopia is not a pipe dream but the “non-place” of all possibilities. Faced with the limits and dead ends of our model of existence, it is a drive for life, capable of making possible what we consider to be impossible. The solutions of tomorrow are in the utopias of today. The first utopia is to be embodied in ourselves, because social change will not happen without the change of humans.
7: Earth and humanism
We recognize in the earth, the common good of humanity, the sole guarantor of our life and our survival. We are consciously committed, under the inspiration of an active humanism, to contribute to the respect of all forms of life and to the well-being and fulfillment of all human beings. Finally, we consider beauty, sobriety, fairness, gratitude, compassion, solidarity as essential values for building a viable and livable world for all.
8: The logic of the living as a basis for reasoning
We consider that the current dominant model cannot be developed and that a paradigm shift is essential. It is urgent to place people and nature at the heart of our concerns and to put all our resources and skills at their service.
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