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E-M:/ Happy 4th of July



Dear Enviro-Mich-er's,
In celebration of America's Independence Day, I thought you might be interested                                                                                                                                                                                               
in this revision of the US Declaration of Independence.    

Patty Gillis, Voices for Earth Justice (www.voices4earth.org)
DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCE 
Based on the U.S. Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for all people to 
affirm the inherent bonds which have connected them with all beings, and to 
assume among the powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which 
the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the 
opinions of  humankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel 
them to separate from any nation or system of laws not based in the inter-being 
among all the members of the Earth community.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all beings are created equal, that 
they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among 
these are life, liberty and the capacity to realize their destiny within the 
integral community of all other beings. That to secure these rights, governments 
are instituted among people, deriving their just powers from the consent of the 
governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these 
protections, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to 
institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and 
organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect 
the integrity and welfare of all beings. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that 
governments long established should not be changed for light and transient 
causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that humankind are more 
disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by 
abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of 
abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to 
reduce life in all its diverse fullness under absolute despotism, it is their 
right, it is their duty, to throw off such a government and such a tyranny, and 
to provide new safe guards for the future security of life. Such has been the 
patient sufferance of these life communities of the Earth; and such is now the 
necessity which constrains the human to alter their former systems of 
government. The history of the present alienation of the human from the 
non-human members of the Earth community is a history of repeated injuries and 
usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute and 
tyrannical domination over nature that is the ruin of the community of all 
animate and inanimate beings on the planet. This can no longer be tolerated.  To 
prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.