The Green Rule
Do unto the Earth as you would have it do unto you
"Have you not considered how Allah sets forth a parable of a good word being like a good tree, whose root is firm and whose branches are in heaven?"
— Qur’an 14:24
"I am the fragrance of the Earth, the heat in fire. I am the life of all that lives."
— Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 7.9
"When God created the first human beings, God led them around all the trees of the Garden of Eden and said: ‘See my works how beautiful and praiseworthy they are! Think of this, and do not corrupt or destroy My world.’ "
— Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7
"What is the kingdom of God like?… Is it like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches."
— Jesus, Luke 13:18
"Return the thing given to the human as a gift of nature to its original place."
— Ancient Japanese Saying
- Native Spirituality
"Great Spirit, help us learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf an rock."
— Native American Prayer
"Air is the Guru, Water is the Father and Earth is the Great Mother of All."
— Guru Granth Sahib, p. 8
"Does Heaven say anything? The four seasons pursue their courses, and all things are continually being produced. Does Heaven say anything?"
— Confucius, Analects 17.19
"Nonviolence is the supreme religion. One who looks on the creatures of the Earth, big and small, as one’s own self, comprehends this immense world."
— Lord Mahavira
"Who created the waters and the plants? Who yoked the swiftness of the winds and the motion of the clouds? For I beheld Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord) as the primeval source of creation."
— Gatha Ushtavaiti 44.4
"In harmony with the Tao, The sky is clear and spacious, The Earth is solid and full, All creatures flourish together…"
— Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 39
"Cut down the forest of desire, not the forest of trees."
— The Buddha, Dhammapada 283
- Bahá’i Faith
"Know thou that every created thing is a sign of the revelation of God."
— Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings 177
"We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
— Seventh Unitarianism Principle