Starting with #1, what should our values be?
The Earth Party believes in 3 Core Values:
Sustainability, Liberty, and Compassion.
Our civilization must be sustainable. It must be able to live in balance with Nature, and avoid disrupting the natural cycles and ecosystems that support Life. If it can't do that, then it dooms itself to eventual collapse. What's the point, then?
It must also support and defend liberty. What's the point in having billions of people if most of us are slaves to elites, to technology, or to ceaseless toil? Our civilization must uphold liberty, or won't even be worth living in.
And it must be compassionate. It must be structured to bring out the good side of humanity. Our current, power-centered civilization facilitates our negative side - our selfishness, greed, and cruelty. The new one must encourage the better angels of our nature, and make it as easy as possible to love one another. Remember... a civilization is judged not by how tall its towers are, but by how it treats the most vulnerable of its members. And that includes animals. If we are cruel, then we don't even deserve liberty, and will find a way to lose it.
What does such a world look like, in practice? How will our day-to-day lives reflect these values?
+Everyone has an abundance of clean water
+Everyone has the ability to grow an abundance of healthy, nutritious food, within walking distance of where they live (to facilitate local independence - i.e. Liberty)
+Local communities are self-sufficient in energy production, ending the need for energy cartels and bureaucracies
+Everyone has access to community, and no one is isolated or alienated
+Basic necessities are so easy to generate, that no one is unable to do so, and no one is poor if they have four good limbs.
+The weak and disabled are taken are of (not by forced redistribution, but by voluntary compassion).
+Communities are laid out in such a way that tools, vital technologies, and non-consumptive services (like plows, shovels, irrigation canals for crops, libraries, etc. are freely available, and anyone who wants to work, or educate themselves on how to work, can do so without first begging for anyone else's permission.
+Animals are recognized as living beings, treated with respect, not kept in cages, and not cruelly exploited for entertainment
+Consumption of natural resources does not outpace Nature's ability to regenerate them
+Human building structures blend in with ecosystems, rather than replacing them. We live in Nature, not on (what used to be) Nature.
The great auk...
The stellers' sea cow...
The baiji (Yangtze River dolphin...
4,000 years of Chinese civilization, with man and dolphin living side by side.
Good rulers, bad rulers, dynasties rising and falling...
...and the dolphins are still there.
Then, China adopts so-called "modern civilization", and 5 million years of evolution are gone within 50 years.
But here's the question:
What were they doing for the other 3950 years?
Not making the river dolphin go extinct - that's for sure.
This is happening everywhere, on every continent.
Numerous varieties of elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, deer, and thousands of animals of far lesser celebrity, but no less importance to the ecosystems they once roamed.
And myriad species of trees and flowers, mosses, ferns, and fungi... most of which have vanished because we systematically eradicated their habitats.
And the list keeps growing. Faster and faster.
Tens of thousands of years of coexistence.
You can't argue with this. We know these species all existed, because we saw them.
This truth is impossible to deny.
So, obviously, the aboriginals, the indigenous peoples, in all these places, were not driving them to extinction. They were coexisting.