April 22 is known as Earth Day, but nine years ago the United Nations Generally Assembly designated this day as “Mother” Earth Day to reinforce our interdependence on the Earth to provide life and sustenance. It was a shift in how global communities view their relationship with the Earth.
At the eighth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature on Monday 23 April 2018, Shumei participated in a day-long program to commemorate International Mother Earth Day. The event called upon citizens, governments and societies to shift toward more sustainable patterns of consumption and production. There was an effort to inspire others to reconsider how they interact with nature and to recognize the urgent need to established balance and harmony with the natural world. Presentations not only shed light on the challenges facing the planet, but also focused on our ethical and collective responsibility to act because living in harmony with nature is a necessity. This requires people everywhere to be more mindful of their behaviors and lifestyles and how our actions impact the environment.
It has long been a guiding principle of Shumei to recognize our interconnectedness with Nature. The practice of Natural Agriculture is based on a highly developed philosophy of life and is intimately tied to the physical and spiritual laws that govern the universe. That is why we say Natural Agriculture is more than a system of food production, but a way of life in harmony with nature. This applies directly to promoting sustainable consumption and production patterns in the context of sustainable development.
“If our population grows as predicted, by 2050 we will need about 3 planets to sustain our current lifestyles. But we only have ONE. And this is why we really need to take care of it. We have neither a Plan B nor a Planet B.” – Miroslav Lajcak, President of the UN General Assembly