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Our Contract with the Earth

A contract made is a commitment made, guaranteed no less by one’s character. Breaches of contracts are breaches in one’s integrity. One’s moral uprightness upholds contracts--- no, not by the laws of men, which are designed often  faultily to be faulty.  Morality, integrity, and truth are unchanging, immovable, and absolute .  It is when moral fibers are weak that contracts are broken. Breaches, men think, can be hidden from view---no, nothing can be concealed from the eyes of God.

Contract withthe earth

Such were my early morning ruminations as I was about to start reading the book,  A CONTRACT WITH THE EARTH by Newt Gingrich and Terry Maple. “TEN COMMITMENTS YOU CAN MAKE TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT NOW,” the subtitle says. While I, already, can think of a number of things that could be listed inside, I was more intrigued with the thought of who’s going to check on compliance, on conformance. 

Those who believe in a supreme being will have God. Others will say Gaia, the earth itself--- nature. Still others will say the future generations.  Note: all considerations didn’t involve man’s law and man’s government. Having a contract with the earth, clearly then involves a personal commitment--- stronger than legally bound contracts. How many times have we heard that Climate Change is a MORAL issue?

What would happen to the earth if the moral fibers of men are weak? Integrity and character, sadly, are getting less popular compared to wealth and ease. Contracts are often laid aside for these.

My prayer this Sunday, is for personal renewal for all men, for the restoration of values. Check: is it not that most global problems, like war, terrorism, extreme poverty, hunger, diseases, and now, climate change, are rooted in our selfishness, greed, and pride?



Psalm 15:1-4

  LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
  Who may live on your holy hill?
  He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous,
  who speaks the truth from his heart
  and has no slander on his tongue,
 who does his neighbor no wrong
 and casts no slur on his fellow man,
    who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD,
 who keeps his oath even when it hurts,
    who lends his money without usury
 and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
 He who does these things will never be shaken.


Nicole Johnson

I don't believe in the whole climate change propaganda at all. I do believe the earth goes through changes and that there are differences in the weather from time to time, but I don't think that we need to be alarmed about anything going on. This is just another stunt to keep trying to suck money out of our pockets by having some other service or device that we supposedly need save us!

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Hello All, I have been a vegetarian for quite some time, I also believe in conserving natural resources and living the best life possible. It's the simple things that work, technology is great but beware there is a lot of GMO (genetically modified organisms) foods that are being produced in many countries. Even here in the United States where I now live the government here discouraged farming and organic crops.

I think if everybody made themselves more aware of what is going on around the earth and did their OWN RESEARCH instead of just listening to the mass media you would find out what is the true issues. The earth is very powerful and self healing as long as we do our part we can all live with great health and wealth!

Dennis Morada


I am glad you're going back doing what you say you love. Life is meant to be fulfilling, to be joy-filled. Living green is one way to sustain such life.

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hi. found your blog from your post about leyende, skin care. I'm so happy there is another filipino using typepad, and is green at that. i reblogged your post on my blog. It was timely for me to find your blog because i really needed the inspiration to renew my resolve about living green. I was such a fanatic before, and would just work myself into a place i didn't want to be..thank you

Dennis Morada

Hi Rose,

A Contract With the Earth is a good book, yes. May I also recommend the Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman.

Thanks for browsing through the posts.

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I am very much an environment lover and I like to read this kind of book.This is well written post about earth and our environment.Thank you very much for your recommendation for this book.I would like to read this book.

Nelson T. Enojo

Good Morning Again,

This 24th of January, together with the SK Federation of Maasin City & the RGM Youth Allianz, will lobby this challenge "2010: Plant A Million Trees Campaign" to our district representative, Congressman Roger G. Mercado.

We already have received preliminary comments from him & pledged to commit should we can gather more. It will be Our Contract with the Earth and we cannot do it alone.

Be with us in tracking this development.

Thank you & more power to us all.

Nelson T. Enojo

Good Morning Again,

Bagong decada, Bagong Kampanya...In the 60's family roots campaigns: Plant Love, Plant Trees for Survival & Peace. I was only 10 that time. The Lamplighter Movement.

2nd generation, The LightedLamps, campaigns the same: 2010 Plant A Million Trees Challenge. The Restore Green Movement campaign for the Earth.

Thank you and more power to us all.

Nelson T. Enojo

Good Morning,

Hello, I have made a covenant with myself to dedicate this remaining life to plant trees & get closer to communities.

Thank you all.

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