Ecological Health

Ecological Health: the Interdependent Health of People, Animals and Ecosystems.

GPRC’s Twelve Components of Ecological Health:

  1. Create Safe Places for people and wildlife; work to protect, restore and connect wildlands.
  2. Protect, teach and serve young people. Ensure that youth interact with Nature, and that they learn Nature is not made up of objects but is a community of living beings and interwoven relationships that includes us.
  3. Understand consequences of actions; accept personal responsibility.
  4. Strive to cause less pain to others, whether it is to people, animals, yourself or Earth.
  5. Embrace vitality. Eat clean and low on the food chain (preferably plant-based), reject factory farming, reduce your carbon footprint, exercise daily, drink at least half a gallon of pure water each day.
  6. Embrace earned confidence and humility; reject arrogance, waste, violence, hatred and ugliness.
  7. Live like a watershed; become an ecosystem participant wherever you live.
  8. Embrace physical work; fear no mental challenge. Becoming unbreakable — building stamina that leads to resilience — is perhaps the most important foundation you can build for yourself and the new millennium. “We’re all stronger than we think we are.”
  9. Fight Environmental Injustice pollution as the act of violence it is.
  10. Seek peace and health-based solutions over endless conflict; claim the same over endless despair.
  11. Give thanks; get outdoors with our living, breathing Earth.
  12. Seek silence, wisdom, deeper thought and personal growth for the rest of your life.

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