Before the introduction of Christianity in the Western world, villages in Europe were filled with women who performed “nature rituals” in their villages and towns. These rituals kept the people who performed them, and those who participated in them, emotionally and spiritually connected to the earth and sky and fields and rivers. Humanity at that time was seen as living in sacred partnership with the earth.
With the advent of the early Christian Church, a new dispensation was introduced into humanity’s thinking: the idea that we were not in divine partnership with the earth, but rather that the earth was given to us to be used for our purposes. While this thought is not inherent to Christian teaching, it reigned for centuries and created a fundamental rift in Man's relationship with nature.
That change in thinking - the spiritual rift between humanity and nature - was the beginning of our environmental crisis.
Today, centuries later, that rift has reached grotesque proportions.
From the destruction of our topsoil to the desecration of our wilderness, from the carbonization of our atmosphere to the removal of mountaintops and the destruction of millions of acres of farmland, humanity’s obeisance to corporate profits has replaced our devotion to what is morally good. And this must stop, or we will kill ourselves. No species survives that systematically destroys its own habitat.
As president, one of my first actions will be to appoint a world class environmentalist to head our Environmental Protection Agency. Climate change will be seen as an existential threat to the survival of our species. No longer will the agency set up to be the earth’s protector be led by former oil and chemical company executives whose goal is only to protect short term profits of fossil fuel companies. We will restore the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. We will decarbonize quickly. We will transition to green sources of energy. We will permanently ban pesticides that are known to cause damage to a developing child’s brain. And yes, we will pass a Green New Deal.
None of this will happen because I “go to Washington and fight for you.” It will happen because I go to Washington and co-create with you a new era in our nation’s ongoing story, a course-correction in our thinking, and a rededication to our shared moral responsibility to take care of the earth for our children and our children’s children.
We need a moral and spiritual awakening in America, which alone will awaken us to our responsibility as citizens to override the soulless forces of a sociopathic economic system.
Our Earth, and possibly our lives, depend on it.
Let’s speed up the evolution.
- Marianne Williamson