Ancient Wisdom, Sustainable Future
Earth Charter Taiwan, Province of China Secretariat
Focusing principles of EC
As an affiliate of ECI, TESA has been focusing on the following 5 principles:
4.b. Transmit to future generations values, traditions, and institutions that support the long-term flourishing of Earth human and ecological communities.
8.b. Recognize and preserve the traditional knowledge and spiritual wisdom in all cultures that contribute to environmental protection and human well-being.
9.c. Recognize the ignored, protect the vulnerable, serve those who suffer, and enable them to develop their capacities and to pursue their aspiration.
14.d. Recognize the importance of moral and spiritual education for sustainable living.
16.f Recognize that peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth, and the larger whole of which all are a part.
Background Understanding of Ancient Wisdom and Modern Civilization
Ancient aboriginal culture is a totally different sphere apart from modern civilization. It is only possible to create a dialogue between the modern and the ancient on the very premise that our world today is indeed short of ancient wisdom.
Being stable in nature, ancient cultures have little negative impact on the environment. Modern societies on the contrary, act completely otherwise. If modern civilization keeps growing at its present speed, the first problem it will face is the exhaustion of natural resources.
Taiwanese indigenous people in the past held a sacred attitude towards nature. To them, nature belongs to a sacred domain and human beings are part of nature, just like trees, birds or animals, but never ruler of nature. Humans are to follow rules of nature, observe all species and learn from them how to co-exist with Mother Nature. Human beings depend on Earth’s resources for survival and therefore they should request permission to use these resources with a humble heart. The indigenous peoples’ idea is that humans are allowed and permitted to access nature by means of performing certain rituals. Here we can see a clear difference between traditional aboriginal society and modern society.
The respect for land disappeared when humans began to think that natural resources are easily acquired and utilized. The pride of being able to overcome nature makes humans take everything for granted, so they do not think the use of resources requires permission. In the meantime, humans also institutionalized political systems, transaction rules, state machines and even laws to facilitate their desires. All these look sensible, but as a matter of fact there is no ground for justification. Human beings can’t exploit natural resources at will, but such realization only comes with the result of deficiency, extinction and pollution of natural resources from overuse.
We would be wrong to believe the life we are living currently draws on both modern and ancient wisdom. This compels us to find another possibility, which may exist in ancient aboriginal cultures, or perhaps exists in a future that we need to shape together.
The greatest catastrophe facing modernity is that humans are living in a world without soil and making judgment based on abstract written language. We sincerely hope to awaken our society to the ancient indigenous wisdom with the fragrance of soil from nature.
Based on the above understanding, TESA accept the invitation of ECI secretariat to host the EC+10 conference in the Asia Pacific Area, with the title of “Ancient Wisdom, Sustainable Future”.
2010 Asia Pacific EC+10 Conference
12-15 October, 2010, Taitung, Taiwan, Province of China
Ancient Wisdom, Sustainable Futures
Objective: To share TESA’s effort in integrating prehistoric civilization, indigenous cultures and permaculture in order to secure the earth’s bounty and beauty for present and future generations with the theme of EC+10: Dialogue, Collaboration and Action. .
Conference Venue: National Taitung University
Tours: Archaeological Cultural Park and tribal villages (Bunun, Peinan, Rukai, Peiwan tribes) in eastern Taiwan, Province of China
Tuesday October 12th 2010
Opening Ceremony Peiwan tribe
Welcoming Address Hen-biau King
I. Earth Charter and Climate Change Brendan Mackey
II. Towards a Sustainable Way of Living Tzu-chau Chang
III. Earth Charter and Sustainable Future Ella Antonio
IV. Earth Charter and the Declaration of Human Rights Hsin-huang Michael Shiao
V. Ancient Wisdom and Permaculture 1. Peter Morehead 2. Shu-te Huang
Celebration Dinner and Entertainment Amis Trib
Wednesday October 13th 2010 08:30-09:00 Registration
Pasibubu Chorus Bunun Tribe
The Vision of EC+10 ECT President: Hen-biau King
VI Gift to the Modern World from Indigenous People Da-chu’an Sun
VII Development of Taiwan’s Indigenous Communities Yohani Isqaqavut
VIII Land Conservation and Cooperative Economics Walis Beilin
IX. Earth Charter and Indigenous Cultures Case Reports:
Forest Museum Aliman
Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Fei-yu
The Hunter’s School and Community Center Sakinu
Slate House and Culture Center. Jung-ci Liu
X. Endorse the Earth Charter All the Participants
Thursday October 14th 2010
Tour to Forest Museum of Bunun Tribe
Visiting Museum of Prehistory and Peinan Archaeological Cultural Park
Dinner at Youth Center of Peinan tribe
Friday October 15th 2010
Tour to the Traditional Slate House and Culture Center of Rukai Tribe
And the Hunter’s School and Community Center of Peiwan Tribe