Thoreau's maxim, "In Wildness is the Preservation of the World" underpins PAN's conservation philosophy. Wildness, Nature and its creative forces, has produced the magnificent array of plants and animals alive today.
Tragically, biologists tell us extinction befalls 3 or more species per hour due mainly to human activity and habitat destruction. At the current rate of extinction, scientists predict that one-half of the planet's lifeforms may be lost in the next century.
The ecological crisis calls for a massive and dramatic response. We must do all we can to preserve remaining wildlands and restore degraded natural habitats. Individuals and groups caring for Nature need legions to join them in stemming environmental deterioration. Many Pantheists join conservation organizations, and Pantheist organizations themselves advance valuable causes, including the World Pantheist Movement's excellent Action for Nature, and the Universal Pantheist Society's Ecological Community Preservation Fund.
PAN encourages zest and zeal for
Nature's sake, and for human's sake as well:
"There is joy in the companionship of others working to make a difference for future generations," declares activist David Suzuki, "and there is hope. Each of us has the ability to act powerfully for change; together we can regain that ancient and sustaining harmony, in which human needs and the needs of all our (plant and animal) companions on the planet are held in balance with the sacred, self-renewing processes of Earth."
CONTRIBUTE . Money matters. Give
to conservation organizations that champion wildness, especially those
acquiring acreage for wildlands preservation. Here are some addresses:
The Nature Conservancy
1815 North Lynn St.
Arlington, VA 22209
The Wild lands Project
1955 West Grant Rd., Suite 148
Tucson, AZ 85745
Peninsula Open Space Trust
3000 Sand Hill Rd., Suite 4-135
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Open Space Institute
666 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
169 Park Row
Brunswick, ME 04011
Land Trust Alliance
1319 F. St. NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20004
Buy Back The Dacks
Richmond, VT 05477
The Trust for Public Land
666 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Suite 407
Washington, DC 20003
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