As we enter into the final days and hours before the Parliament of Religions in Melbourne, Australia, we would like to take some time to reflect on the work ahead. The 2009 Parliament will be ripe with promise and we can best engage this opportunity by considering worthy responses to the challenges of the world today. We invite you to view this series of eight public service announcements in preparation for your Parliament experience.
Our fourth announcement invokes the perspective of the indigenous peoples of the world in response to global environmental crises. As Chief Oren Lyons argues here, “all indigenous nations have great respect for nature.” The earth is our collective heritage and responsibility. Thus the announcement references two of the subthemes of the Melbourne Parliament:
Please listen and consider the words of leaders such as Uncle Bob Randall of the Yankunytjatjara People of Australia, Chief Oren Lyons of the Onondaga Nation, Canada’s Dr. David Suzuki and Wangari Maathai of Kenya’s Agikuyan people.