Earth is that place whereby the experience of being-in-and-on-the earth is engaged in, in a vast
exciting, adventurous project called human existence. Earth is the locus for involvement in every
aspect of human living: cultural, intellectual, social, religious, creative etc. It becomes the place for
development and growth, for coming to understand, if not the meaning of life, then at least the joy,
hurts, happiness and pain of life. Earth is our environment for engaging in the movement towards
coming to understand their splendour of all life. And it is this life arena which, unfortunately, has so
often become the arena for so much death and destruction.