Personal Planetary Practices are not rules, regulations or commandments.
Their purpose is to provoke thought, discussion, and change.
John Seed, Ruth Rosenhek, and Allan Hunt Badiner were sitting around
in Andre Carother's Berkeley kitchen early in the summer of 1998. We noticed
a paper stamp on the kitchen table that read: "every dollar is a vote...
spend it wisely." This prompted a discussion about how one's personal
awareness of the planetary crisis might most appropriately manifest in terms
of being a consumer. What set of personal practices in the marketplace of
modern life would, if widely adopted, further the goals of achieving ecological
sustainability and social justice-- not just by what we avoid, but also
by what we choose to purchase?
We considered carefully which actions or agreements could make the most
difference without being too personally sacrificial or impractical. PPP
may represent a kind of consumer baseline for ecological activists and we
offer them to you for discussion in the hope that you will share them with
others for their consideration.
of the unprecedented rates of destruction of our ancient forests, we are
committed to avoid the purchase of any products that we suspect originate
from old growth forests anywhere in the world. |
of the damage to the natural systems of the Earth and
the suffering inflicted on animal species from a meat-based diet, we are
committed to avoid the purchase and consumption of any animal products.
of the pressures on living
systems and indigenous communities created by mining the land for gold,
we are committed to devaluing gold and avoiding the purchase of jewelry
to the Earth and to the consumer, from the use of clothing made from hemp
or organic cotton, we are committed to avoid the purchase of clothing, paper
or personal accessories that do not contain natural or recycled fibers,
hemp or organic cotton.
peril to the Earth and all of its inhabitants from the use of toxic chemical
fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, we are committed to avoid the purchase
of all food and beverage products that are not certified and labeled organic.
of the growing threat to
the vitality of the Earth from reliance on petrochemicals, petroleum products,
nuclear power, and fossil fuels, we are committed to purchasing only those
products or systems that utilize sustainable or less polluting sources of
energy such as solar, wind, biogas, water, or electricity.
of the continuing destruction caused by capital that
is trapped in unsustainable industries and economies, we are committed to
make only socially and ecologically screened investments.
of the personal and social consequences of having a
news and entertainment media saturated with images of violence and sexual
oppression, we are committed to avoiding the consumption of cultural products
containing violent and sexually exploitative materials.