From the U.N Environmental Sabbath Program, We have forgotten who we are

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We have forgotten who we are,

We have alienated ourselves from the unfolding of the cosmos,

We have become estranged from the movements of the earth,

We have turned our backs on the cycles of life.

We have forgotten who we are

We have sought only our own security,

We have exploited simply for our own ends,

We have distorted our knowledge,

We have abused our power.

We have forgotten who we are,

Now the land is barren,

and the waters are poisoned,

and the air is polluted.

We have forgotten who we are,

Now the forests are dying,

and the creatures are disappearing,

and the humans are despairing.

We have forgotten who we are,

We ask for forgiveness,

We ask for the gift of remembering,

We ask for the strength to change.

We have forgotten who we are.

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