Beautiful guidelines for sustainable living

Have you ever heard of the Honourable Harvest? I first learned of it Thanksgiving weekend – appropriate timing, given that it’s a value system that combines gratitude, humility and sustainability.

The Honourable Harvest is a set of food harvesting principles rooted in indigenous traditions of reverence for ancestors, concern for descendants (the next seven generations as a minimum) and respect for the fellow life forms that nourish and sustain us. It’s largely oral and somewhat fluid, but its key principles include:

·     Never take the first. Never take the last.

·     Take only what you need. Leave some for others (including non-humans). Never waste what you have taken.

·     Harvest in a way that minimizes harm.

·     Give thanks for what you have been given.

·     Use it respectfully. Share.

·     Give a gift, in reciprocity for what you have taken.

·     Sustain the ones who sustain you and the earth will last forever.

More perspective and a few more principles can be read here; or you can watch this three-and-a-half minute video.

Climate change and other ecological challenges suggest that we humans need to awaken to a new relationship with the world around us. Implementing the principles of the Honourable Harvest – not just at Thanksgiving, but all year long – would be a great beginning.

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“The conditions that drive climate change have been created in one part of the world. The consequences have so far overwhelmingly been suffered in another.”

– Ben Ehrenreich, March 1, 2019 

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