|David Day, The Eco Wars (Harrap, London 1989)
"I suggest we construct a pyramid from the coffins of those who are killed in the ecology wars in just one year....
- At the peak of the pyramid we place coffins of the most conspicuous casualties:
the scores of conservationists who are murdered outright
for their stand against the destruction of the environment and other species.
- Next we have the coffins of the hundreds of tribal people
who are massacred because they occupy and
protect wilderness lands which others wish to exploit.
- Beneath these are the thousands of coffins of those drowned
in the many floods which directly result from
ruthless cutting-down of mountain forests.
- Then we come to the tens of thousands of coffins of those
who die through chemical poisoning, toxic waste pollution,
atomic radiation and industrial fires and explosions.
- Further below are the coffins of those who die in droughts
and famines brought on by farming and grazing methods
which result in soil erosion and desertification.
- Finally we come to the massive base of the pyramid.
It is built of over twenty-five million coffins for those people who
are killed through drinking and using polluted water."
EQUAL EARTH is the brainchild of Felix Leisinger, born in
Switzerland of Swiss/French parentage. After studies in
Switzerland Felix Leisinger lived for more than 35 years on his
family country estate in Kent in England and in his flat in the
Marais of Paris, France.
Today he lives in Spain for health reasons.
For more than twenty years he was preoccupied with a
comprehensive analysis of global socio-economic-ecological
problems. Simultaneously he studied Sartre's
La Nausée in which he discovered and recognised
Sartre's exposure of the unsustainability of
growth. Sartre's deep ecological affinity and
concern is expressed in this paragraph from his book:
"Mais, au moment de
passer à la postérité, ils
s'étaient confiés à un peintre en renom pour qu'il
opérât discrètement sur
leur visage ces dragages, ces forages, ces irrigations, par
lesquels, tout autour de Bouville, ils avaient
transformé la mer et les champs. Ainsi, avec le
concours de Renaudas et de Bordurin, ils avaient asservi toute la
Nature: hors d'eux et en
"But, on the point of
passing on to posterity, they had entrusted themselves to a
celebrated painter so that he should discreetly carry out on
their faces the dredging, drilling, and irrigation by which, all
around Bouville, they had transformed the sea and the fields.
Thus, with the help of Renaudas and Bordurin, they had enslaved
the whole of Nature; outside themselves and in
Sartre was perhaps the first philosopher to uncover the
destruction of the ecological balance through self-serving,
ego-centric human activities that in reality have only one
objective, namely to glorify the perpetrators for posterity. As
if humans had no other quality that could be passed on to future
generations than that which could be demonstrated in visible
structures and consequential eco-system destruction. Sartre also
was probably the first philosopher who understood and criticised
the meaningless reproduction of humans as a consequence of
short-term physical attraction and intercourse which in turn
drives the expanding activities which have destabilised the
global eco-system. The global quantum imbalance has caused the
relentless disappearance of Nature, in particular forests and
natural wildlife habitat and fellow animals. It is not a question
of not having children. It is a question of how many children can
have a meaningful, happy and contented life within a global
community of fellow species that includes all life.
Today's children are victims of our
improvidence, our recklessness and our limitless growth ideology.
Felix Leisinger advocates free contraception for all, free
abortion on demand, the parental licence with a minimum age of 30
years and a global one child per couple policy for thirty years
to reduce the current unsustainable human over-population to what
it was in 1950, i.e. about 2500 million. This would allow us to
concentrate on repairing the planetary eco-system instead of
destroying what's left of it.
trainé leur vie dans
l'engourdissement et le demi-sommeil, ils se
sont mariés précipitamment, par
impatience, et ils ont fait des enfants au hasard."
"They have dragged out
their lives in stupor and somnolence, they have married in a
hurry, out of impatience, and they have made children at
Since Sartre wrote La Nausée more than 5,000
million additional humans have been born and overcrowd the
planet. More having been born than were ever alive before. Since
the second world war human over-population and its consequential
activities to feed, house, clothe, employ, transport, entertain
and defend its growing masses has caused more environmental
damage than the previous one million years of human existence.
The rights of the 2,5 million major fellow species that inhabit
the planet with humans and which together form a global
inter-dependent eco-system have been totally usurped. Those that
have not been exterminated are gradually dying out as their
habitat is confiscated, colonised, invaded and urbanised or
agrified under the pretext of human rights.
Despite two thousand years of
"civilisation", all the
scientific, technological, cultural and
intellectual/philosophical advances humans have failed to
understand the direct linkage and inter-dependence between all
life. Humans cannot sustain their existence without an equitable
balance with Nature and their fellow species.
Every day the media report crimes and accidents killing a few
people while ignoring the irrefutable fact that more than 50,000
humans die every day* from malnutrition (up from 12,000 a day
since 1971) while 70% of the world's grains
are fed to feedlot animals for meat production
– yet it does not occur to anyone to query the
irrationality of reproducing more than an additional 200,000
humans every day as if to deliberately keep the destructive
inequity prospering. Because indeed millions are now making a
comfortable, prosperous, self-satisfied, self-righteous living
out of the misery, starvation, deprivation, exploitation of the
additional victims they condone if not promote being born every
day. Those who say humans should revert to vegetarianism so that
the grains now fed to the feedlots can be given to the starving
humans forget that this would not remedy the imbalance of human
over-proliferation and Nature, Wildlife and Habitat destruction.
These and many other considerations have led Felix Leisinger
to develop the concept of an EQUAL EARTH where the planet is
shared equitably between all life. He has attended many
conferences and symposiums and spoken out against human
over-proliferation and destruction of rainforests and the natural
wildlife habitat in the context of socio-economic and religious
repercussions. After study visits to Nepal, Myanmar, India,
Japan, Australia, Sri Lanka Felix Leisinger has lectured all over
the world including at the following venues:
1991 at the World
Peace Centenary in Helsinki where Felix Leisinger declared that
"There can be no peace on Earth until Humans
have made peace with Nature and Fellow Species."
1992 at the European
Parliament "Towards a New Democratic World
Order through Communities of Nations"
1992 at the
Postgraduate Faculty of Religion Helsinki University
"Religion and Nature"
1992 Sri Lanka lecture
at the Centre for Society and Religion Colombo
1993 at the World
Futures Studies Federation World Conference in Turku Finland
1993 United Nations
Volunteers world Conference Moscow, USSR
1993 at the World
Optimum Population Congress at Cambridge University, England
1993 Prof. Dr. Patnaik
lecture to the postgraduate faculty of Ravenshaw College in
1993 lecture tour of
the state of Orissa at the invitation of the Orissa Government
India. His article The Global Economics of Apartheid published in
the Calcutta Times. Interview by the Editor in Chief of the
Sunday Times published.
1994 at the United
Nations IDNDR Conference on Natual Disaster Reduction in Yokohama
1994 Lecture given at
the World Social Workers World conference in Sri Lanka
1996 at the World
Futures Studies Federation conference in Nairobi, Kenya
1996 Felix Leisinger
visited the Masai Mara in Kenya. The peaceful co-existence of
large numbers of predators and prey within the relatively small
protected habitat of only 15,000 km2 convinced him that it is
essential to save more forests and natural habitat to guarantee
the survival of as many species as possible.
1999 Lecture given on
"Global Macroeconomics and the survival of the
species" at the International Colloqium on Buddhism
and the future of Humanity in Chittagong, Bangladesh
1999 Study trip to the
world's oldest rain forest in Taman Negara in
Malaysia, crossing the forest on foot and realising how much it
has shrunk and is shrinking from illegal logging activitiy. No
sign of any remaining wildlife of any kind even in the deepest
part of the ancient forest other than leeches.
2003 at the World
Social Forum in Porto Alegre Brazil "The Mato
Grosso was part of the Amazon rainforest until it was
"developed" into a giant beef
cattle ranch/agri-factory that is suffering from droughts on one
hand and floods on the other causing ever more soil
2003 Study trip to the
Pantanel the world's largest wetland now also
the world's most densely farmed beef factory
with 15 million cattle. Everyone is encouraged to go fishing
Pirhanas which are overpopulating the rivers because the
crocodiles - their natural predators - are hunted to extinction
by the cattle ranchers.
Having met and spoken to many seriously concerned scientists,
experts and environmentally conscious people from all walks of
life Felix Leisinger realised that everything has been said and
done that can be said and done yet rainforest, wildlife and
natural habitat destruction accelerates unabated. He has come to
the conclusion that there is only one way to stem the tide and
that is to employ the same means that are now destroying the
forests and natural habitat to preserve and regenerate them.
If an equal amount of money can be raised as that which is now
flowing into forest and habitat destructive construction,
industrialisation, urbanisation and infrastructure we can buy up,
preserve and regenerate forests and natural habitat to balance
out the current unsustainable imbalance.
The thought ripened in Finland when he went for a walk outside
Turku and noted in his diary: "I felt like I
was inhaling mineral water, the air being so fresh and pure and
at just the right level of humidity to make you feel utterly
Knowing what scientists had already told him that the
Scandinavian forests are under acute threat of global warming in
that they will die if the Earth warms by more than 2º
degrees centigrade - which is a likely event this century - he
decided that immediate action was imperative. Global warming is
directly connected with the unsustainable global activities of
ever more humans and we can only counteract it if we preserve,
regenerate and restore as much rainforest and natural habitat as
possible to act as a carbon dioxide sink to absorb the greenhouse
gases that are now threatening our own human existence.
There are more than 2000 billion dollars hoarded in the secret
Swiss bank accounts alone - just ten per cent
of this money could save the planet if it were used to buy up,
regenerate and preserve today's remnants and
former rainforests and natural wildlife habitats.
This is our purpose, our objective and our intention. It is
essential that ultimately every human participates in the
achievement of this goal.
Felix Leisinger says: "What is the point of
being a millionaire on a desertified planet where there is
nothing to buy but sand?" He has no doubt in his mind
that billions of years ago humans inhabited the planet Mars where
evidence of former water presence has been discovered. Those
Martians extinguished their existence just as we are doing by
wiping out our life support system. When the ozone layer which
now protects the Earth is wiped out from our pollution which is
no longer diminshed by the rainforests and natural wildlife
habitat we will suffer the same consequences. We may assume the
right to self-destruct. But we do not have the right to destroy
Fellow species and Nature.
Felix Leisinger queries the wisdom of creating DNA banks of
species that are about to be exterminated as a result of humans
taking over or destroying and polluting their rightful natural
habitat. Even if such species can be recreated from DNA where are
they to prosper if their natural habitat has been wiped out?
Would it not be kinder to let them rest in peace rather than
revive species to subsist in cages for human entertainment or
research. If we want to save our fellow species we must share the
global eco-system and give all of them their fair share.
Felix Leisinger is available as a speaker on the subject and
you may contact him via the EQUAL EARTH email.
The erstwhile International President of the World Wildlife
Fund HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has twice sent a letter of thanks
to Felix Leisinger for his work.