We live at time when the world
community is under extreme stress politically, socially,
economically, and environmentally. We believe that one of
the root causes of this “stress” is an ever-increasing
population competing for limited resources. The industrialized
nations, as leaders of the world—and particularly
the United States—consume more than their fair share
and contribute far more to the destruction of the environment
than is just or sustainable.
We must find alternate ways of
living that are not based on thoughtless consumption and
that embrace a quality
of life—that are sustainable
and that value each person and protect their right to participate
fully in a non-violent and just world.
We recognize the complexity and
interconnectedness of the issues facing our global community
and believe that effective solutions must address our relationship
with the earth and with each other. We must become vigilant
stewards of the land and of our democratic societies.
We seek to leverage the resources of
our foundation to create ripples that lead to substantive
changes that help make the world a better place to live
for all people.