May 30, 2014

Tai Ta Carlos and Adrian Dominican Sr. Elise D. García participate at the opening ceremony in the courtyard of the 300-year-old hacienda in Otavalo, Ecuador, where the Jan. 2013 Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature summit took place. (Patricia Siemen)

Quito, Ecuador — “We rich nations, for that is what we are, have an obligation not only to the poor nations, but to all the grandchildren of the world, rich and poor. We have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interests as well as our own. Anyone who fails to recognize the basic validity of the proposition put in different ways by increasing numbers of writers, from Malthus to The Club of Rome, is either ignorant, a fool, or evil.”

- From a speech made by Moses Henry “Moss” Cass, Nov. 13, 1974, when the former member of Australian Parliament was Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.

Related - Rights of nature a natural fit for women religious by Elise D. García.