Our Only Home – A Vision
the human species have tended to dominate and control the
earth system as though they were the only specie present.
The human specie is only 0.00000623% of the total living
species on the planet. The human race is only one strand
a subsystem in the biosphere constituted by plants, animals
and micro organisms. The planet earth can exist without
human beings but a human being cannot exist without the
planet earth and other biota.
endangered planet is struggling against an unprecedented
assault of resource depletion and species extinction due
to pollution and toxic excess. This is further aggravated
by population explosion, industrial growth and technological
manipulation. The basic elements that sustain life, water,
clean air and arable land are all at risk. It is now being
acknowledged that the heart of environmental crisis lie
moral spiritual and ethical worldviews of alternative cultures
that need consideration and validation if we are to survive
the holocaust of environmental degradation.
knowledge systems of traditional cultures and wisdom of
indigenous communities that have survived on the basis of
an in built environmental ethical code has a vital role
to play in shaping our ethos towards sustainability of the
planet. The ethics, morality and life-style of nature-based
rural communities respond to anthropocentric and biocentric
worldviews, that encourage human to human, human to nature
inter-relationships on a day to day basis. Their ecological
cultural resources need to be explored for novel ways of
meeting the environmental challenge today.
is a linguistically and culturally diverse area. What unites
the East, Southeast and South Asia is the 120,000 varieties
of rice cultivation and its interrelated ecologies. The
Shri Kunja is envisaged as a pan-Indian Rural Culture Centre
for Eco-heritage and Green Consciousness to promote our
common concerns and shared values across the subcontinent.