We live in a web of inter-connection, inter-dependence, and inter-relatedness – the web of life.
Human beings co-evolved with nature, and in nature. Everything in nature is genetically and molecularly linked. This isn’t just a fanciful notion, for scientific sequencing of the human genome reveals that we share more than we might have imagined with other animals. Over 90% of our human genome is identical to that of the lion.
Deep inside, we know that every aspect of our lives intertwines with nature. We depend on nature for the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water that quenches our thirst. Nature exists inside, as well as outside, us. Nature forms the connecting link.
We share Earth with the rest of our family. In addition to kindred human beings, our family includes brother and sister animals, plants, birds, fungi – all life on Earth. We are the human animal. And Earth is our home.
Our deepest essence is rooted in nature, intertwined with all beings everywhere, with Earth our home, and with all of creation.