On Earth Day…Commandments for the Earth.

In green living, nature on April 22, 2012 at 9:59 am

1.  Thou shalt love and honour the Earth for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.


2.  Thou shalt keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of the seasons.


3.  Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.


4.  Thou shalt give thanks for thy food, to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.

5.  Thou shalt limit thy offspring for multitudes of people are a burden onto the Earth.


6.  Thou shalt not kill, nor waste Earth’s riches upon weapons of war.


7.  Thou shalt not pursue profit at the Earth’s expense but strive to restore it’s damaged majesty.


8.  Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.


9.  Thou shalt not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.


10.  Thou shalt consume material goods in moderation so all may share the Earth’s bounty.


These commandments were written in 1990 by Ernest Callenbach.

If only we would live by them.


  1. Reblogged this on fromacountrycottage and commented:
    This is a post from my Arignagardener blog from Earth Day one year ago. On Earth Day 2013 the situation is even more dire. Ireland is still under threat of fracking plus now there’s also the possibility of our public access forests being sold off to pay more money to corrupt bankers. I read that the CEO of Nestle DOES NOT believe water to be a human right. We can see where that’s going. What’s next? Air and light to be privatised!! Our supplies of unpolluted foods are under threat from companies such as Monsanto and Bayer who want to patent all of our seeds. If you have’nt started already do save seeds this year…from organic sources of course. Most of all enjoy the beauty of our beautiful Earth, whilst respecting and cherishing all of it’s life forms.
    Happy Earth Day,
    Bridget x.

  2. 1990? It sounds like older English to me, as I had some problems in understanding it, even tough I got it at the end. Some basics rules that all human beings should follow constantly, thanks for reminding us!

  3. If only indeed. But I’m not giving up hope…yet.

  4. Good words to live by. Also I love those donkeys!!!

  5. If only…
    We can set the intention in our hearts though, and do our own best.
    And keep blogging about it!
    Thanks for your post Bridget – you have happy donkeys!
    Maggie x

  6. This is beautiful, love it; I wish we all lived by these precepts.

  7. Absolutely love this! imagine what the world would be like if everyone would abide by these!?!


  8. Oh, that’s perfect. I think I need to print that out and post it places!


  9. His “Ecotopia” is one of my all time favorite books. Thank you for posting these; I hadn’t seen them before. They are going on my wall!

  10. a beautiful set of commandments. i think i shall print these out and post them at home here.

  11. Love this! And so appropriate! Happy Earth Day!

  12. Stunningly beautiful and simple advice. If only we actually live according to these wise words…

  13. Sounds like common sense to me!

  14. […] Bridget at Arigna Gardener has reminded us of the wise and beautiful Earth Commandments. How wonderful if we were to hold these in mind just for a moment each day. Read her post here. […]

  15. I love these commandments! They’re the background on my desktop. 🙂 In the form of this poster:

  16. thank you so very much for sharing these commandments Bridget! I had never heard them! Happy Earth Day! with love, Leslie

  17. Reblogged this on Adventures and Musings of a Hedgewitch and commented:

  18. Thank you for the lovely reminder Briget. I will add it to the Earth Day blog party.
    I wish you, your animals and your garden a very happy Earth Day!

  19. Thanks for posting this! We all need to remember and reflect upon these.

  20. Excellent sentiments, all! It’s so simple really, but we still haven’t all figured it out. Thank you for sharing along with your beautiful photos.

  21. This is excellent Bridget – I’ve not come across it before so I’ve put a link on my blog to yours x

  22. Reblogged this on Artemisia Whispers in the Night and commented:
    I’ve obviously been VERY quiet since starting this blog. The thing is one of my life’s passions is digging in the dirt (I would say gardening, but I think it’s moved beyond simple “gardening” at this point). So for the past few weeks virtually all of my energy has gone into getting my plants in the ground in this glorious spring weather we’re having. However, one of my gardening friends posted this and I had to share it with you. Bridget lives in Ireland, I don’t know what her spiritual leanings are but in addition to sharing her beautiful homestead with us she often shares insights on the sacred spaces near her home.

  23. […] at Arignagardener has a great post about Earth Day so pop over for a look at the  Commandments For The Earth. Share this:TwitterFacebookStumbleUponPinterestLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

  24. Beautifully said.

  25. Reblogged this on Three Pea Homestead and commented:
    My friend Bridget at arignagarener shared this. I think it’s beautiful and needs re-posting.

  26. Had never heard of these commandments and so thank you for the intro. Your donkeys seem to be rolling about with joy –

  27. Maybe one day soon we will all realise we just have to follow these commandments. There’s really no choice!

  28. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

  29. Very good commandments, Bridget.

  30. Moses did try saying this in a short sentence thousands of years ago “Honour thy father AND THY MOTHER”. He wasn’t just talking about Mum and Dad!!!
    Even if some of us strive to live in this way eventually it will become the norm. We have to try. In Moses time the world wasn’t being so damaged by us so people were not so quick to learn. But now…things are different. We will succeed this time.

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