The Earth Charter and
the Ark of the Gaia Covenant
Copyright © Terry Melanson
For those who may have dismissed the notion of a UN Agenda for
a New World Religion used to usher in sweeping anti-constitutional
environmental agreements, I offer the following.
"The real goal of the Earth Charter is that it will
in fact become like the Ten Commandments."
"Do not do unto the environment of others what you
do not want done to your own environment....My hope is that this
charter will be a kind of Ten Commandments, a 'Sermon on the Mount',
that provides a guide for human behavior toward the environment
in the next century."
—Mikhail Gorbachev, The Los Angeles
Times, May 8, 1997
On September the 9th, 2001 a celebration of the Earth Charter was
held at Shelburne Farms Vermont for the unveilling of the Earth
Charter's final resting place. This "Ark of Hope" will
be presented to the United Nations along with its contents in June
of 2002. It is hoped that the United Nations will endorse the Earth
Charter document on this occasion; the tenth anniversary of the
UNCED Earth Summit in Rio.
Placed within the Ark, along with the Earth Charter, were various
items called "Temenos Books" and "Temenos Earth Masks."
Temenos is a concept adopted by Carl Jung to denote a magic circle,
a sacred space where special rules and energies apply. Some of the
Temenos Books were created within this magic circle by children,
who filled them with visual affirmations for Mother Earth. Fashioned
with the "earth elements", the Temenos Earth Masks were
also worn and created by children.
Maurice Strong and the "Agenda"
In 1992 Maurice Strong was the Secretary General of the historic
United Nations (UNCED) Earth conference in Rio. This gathering featured
an international cast of powerful figures in the environmental movement,
government, business, and entertainment. Maurice Strong's wife Hannah,
was involved in the NGO alternative meeting at the Summit called
Global Forum '92. The Dalai Lama opened the meeting and, according
to author Gary Kah, to ensure the success of the forum, Hanne Strong
held a three-week vigil with Wisdomkeepers, a group of "global
transformationalists." Through round-the-clock sacred fire,
drumbeat, and meditation, the group helped hold the "energy
pattern" for the duration of the summit.
It was hoped that an Earth Charter would be the result of this event.
This was not the case, however an international agreement was adopted
– Agenda 21 – which layed down the international "sustainable
development" necessary to form a future Earth Charter agreement.
Maurice Strong hinted at the overtly pagan agenda proposed for a
future Earth Charter, when in his opening address to the Rio Conference
delegates he said, "It is the responsibility of each human
being today to choose between the force of darkness and the force
of light." [note: Alice Bailey, and Blavatsky before her, used
these terms often. Their writings state that the 'force of darkness'
are those who adhere to the 'out-dated' Judeo-Christian faith; those
who continue along their 'separative' paths of the one true God.
The 'force of light' (Lucifer), in there view, is the inclusive
new age doctrine of a pagan pantheistic New World Religion. In the
New Age of Aquarius there will be no room for the 'force of darkness'
and 'separativeness'.] "We must therefore transform our attitudes
and adopt a renewed respect for the SUPERIOR LAWS OF DIVINE NATURE,"
Strong finished with unanimous applause from the crowd.
Despite the disapointing setback of no official agreement toward
a "peoples Earth Charter", Maurice Strong forged ahead,
with Rockefeller backing, to form his Earth Council organization
for the express purpose of helping governments implement UNCED's
sustainable development which Agenda 21 had outlined. Agenda 21
was perhaps the biggest step taken to facilitate any future "enforcement"
of a patently pagan Earth Charter. According to Strong "the
Charter will stand on it's own. It will be in effect, to use an
Anglo-Saxon term, the Magna Carta of the people around the Earth.
But, it will also, we hope, lead to action by the governments through
the United Nations."
Ark of our demise?
"Cosmos is my God. Nature is my God."
—Mikhail Gorbachev, on the PBS Charlie
Rose Show, Oct. 23, 1996
"A post-Christian belief system is taking over –
one that sees the earth as a living being mythologically, as Gaia,
Earth Mother – with mankind as her consciousness... Such
worship of the universe is properly called cosmolatry."
—Donna Steichen, Ungodly Rage, p.
The New Age and the Radical-Left 'Enlightenment'
The "For Love of Earth" day-long celebrations at Shelburne
Farms Vermont began with an early morning pilgramage during which
2000 or so participants, led by Satish Kumar, walked to the "great
barn" where they were greeted by the sounds of the "Sun
Song" played by musician Paul Winter. The Pagan festivities
continued with the words of Dr. Jane Goodall, Satish Kumar and organizer
Dr. Steven C. Rockefeller. The Earth worshippers were treated to
dance, music and paintings of several Vermont artists, after which
they joined hands and offered an "Earth prayer" of "reverence"
and "commitment" to Mother Earth and the "Ark of
Satish Kumar, who led the early morning pilgramage at Shelburne
Farms, is an an influencial advocate of Gaia. Kumar says that "contemporary
thinkers of the green movement are collectively developing an ecological
world-view." The Earth Charter is the green movement's crowning
achievement toward this holistic world-view, and the practical means
by which all of us will soon be held accountable to "Divine
Nature". According to Satish Kumar,2 this pagan view has five
ingredients: Gaia (James Lovelock), Deep Ecology (Arne Naess), Permaculture
(Bill Mollison), Bioregionalism (Gary Snyder et al.), and Creation
Spirituality (Matthew Fox). "Creation Spirituality" is
what had, undoubtedly, taken place at the Shelburne Farms Earth
Charter celebrations. In the words of Steven W. Mosher, president
of Population Research Institute, "Gaia is the New Age term
for Mother Earth. The New Age believers hold that the earth is a
sentient super-being, kind of goddess, deserving of worship and,
some say, human sacrifice. Compared to Gaia worship, the simple
animism of primitive cultures is wholesome."
Musician Paul Winter also has deep roots within the green movement
and "creation spirituality." He has performed concerts
at the Cathedral St. John the Divine in New York City, on the solstice
and equinox, for well over twenty years. These pagan festivals,
in a supposedly christian church nonetheless, are generously sponsored
by the Rockefeller Foundation and a new age organization called
the Lindisfarne Institute – the latter of which has its headquarters
in the Cathedral. Maurice Strong is also a member of Lindisfarne
(publishers of G-A-I-A, a way of knowing) along with Gaia theory
biologist James Lovelock, and admitted Luciferian David Spangler,
among others. Paul Winters' most recent concert at St. John the
Divine was for the annual Earth Mass, on 7 October.3 The fact that
this annual October 7th Earth Mass coincides with the hindu Holy
Day of Dassehra (worship of the Great Divine Mother) cannot be a
coincidence. Winter and bandmates play a tune called Missa Gaia
as part of the Feast of St. Francis. The Pope once attended the
Feast of St. Francis at St. John the Divine in 1986. Stressing the
unity of all the world's religions, John Paul II happily shared
the platform with a Tibetan Lama, a Hindu swami, a Native American
medicine man, and a Moari high priest.
The New American Insider Report of January 23, 19954 writes that
the historic Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John the Divine "has
long been a center of New Age and radical-left 'enlightenment' and
high-brow Establishment 'culture'." Author Gary Kah reports,
in his well-documented book The New World Religion, that the Cathedral
of St. John the Divine displays "a female Christ on the cross,
complete with shapely hips and full breasts." Also in the same
issue of The New American there is a list of donors to the Cathedral:
Mr. and Ms. Steven Rockefeller is among them, along with Mr. Robert
de Rothschild; David Rockefeller Jr.; Mrs. Mary C. Rockefeller;
Mr. and Mrs. Laurance Spellman Rockefeller; Rockefeller Center Properties
Inc.; The Rockefeller Group Inc. and many elite-of-the-elite organizations
such as J.P. Morgan & Co.; Chase Manhattan Bank; Goldman, Sachs
& Co.; Hearst Corporation; CBS, Inc. and even, mysteriously,
the Federal Emergency Managment Agency (FEMA), among others.
Earth Charter Commission Co-Chairs
The Earth Charter Initiative was launched in 1994 by Maurice Strong,
his newly formed Earth Council and Mikhail Gorbachev, acting in
his capacity as president of Green Cross International. In 1997,
the Earth Council and Green Cross International formed an Earth
Charter Commission to give oversight to the process.
Kamla Chowdhry, India
Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia
Mercedes Sosa, Argentinia
Maurice Strong, Canada
Amadou Toumani Toure, Mali
A.T. Anyaratne, Sri Lanka
Princess Basma Bint Talai, Jordan
Leonardo Boff, Brazil
Pierre Calame, France
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Canada
Wakako Hironaka, Japan
John Hoyt, U.S.A.
Ruud Lubbers, The Netherlands
Wangari Maathai, Kenya
Elizabeth May, Canada
Federico Mayor, Spain
Shridath Ramphal, Guyana
Henriette Rasmussen, Greenland
Steven Rockefeller, U.S.
Mohamed Sahoun, Algeria
Awraham Soetendorp, The Netherlands
Pauline Tangiora, New Zealand
Erna Witoelar, Indonesia
The Global Transformational Movement
Indian Mystic, and outspoken advocate of the United Nations'
UN Meditation Room
The U.N. Meditation Room is built in the shape of a truncated
pyramid. In the center is an altar made out of magnetite,
the largest natural piece of magnetite ever mined. For meditation
purposes it is probably the most ideal spot on the planet,
since the magnetite altar has its foundation straight down,
built into the bedrock of the land below; tapping into the
energies of the earth itself. The mysterious mural also helps
the worshippers tune into esoteric energies, and helps facilitate
a state of altered consciousness.
A final version of the Earth Charter was issued by the Earth Charter
Commission in March 2000. The Earth Charter "was drafted in
coordination with a hard law treaty that is designed to provide
an integrated legal framework for all environment development law
and policy." This hard law treaty is called the International
Covenant on Environment and Development and is being prepared by
the Commission on Environmental Law at the International Union for
the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a behemoth agency which oversees
700+ governmental agencies worldwide.
The Earth Charter, consisting of 16 principles, has its roots in
the values of the Transformational Movement. Jan Roberts, president
of the Institute for Ethics and Meaning describes this Transformational
Movement as a paradigm shift from individualism, self-interest and
separativeness, to unity, wholeness and community. Steven C. Rockefeller
was the prime candidate for the leadership role as co-chair of the
Earth Charter Steering Committee, the Drafting Committee and co-chair
of the final Earth Charter Commission. Besides being a professor
of Religion and Ethics at Middlebury College, expounding the virtues
of "creation-centered theology," in his capacity as trustee
of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, his family's resources ensured
the success of the project.
It's clear that the global transformationalists are promoting the
Earth Charter as the "new scripture." At the presentation
of the Ark, and its "new gospel" contents, we can expect
that it will be endorsed by the U.N. The halls of the United Nations
has long been a haven for New Age one-world religion spirituality.
Former Secretary-Generals like Dag Hammarskjold (founder of the
U.N. Meditation Room), U Thant and former Assistant Secretary-General
Robert Muller have long been outspoken advocates of a new pantheistic
global spirituality, using the U.N. as a vehicle to spread their
The United Nations even has their own in-house prophet, Sri Chinmoy.
This 70 year-old indian mystic is the official Spiritual Advisor
to the United Nations. For the past 23 years he has offered prayer
and meditation meetings for anyone to attend every Tuesday and Friday
at the U.N.5 Sri Chinmoy claims to have been Thomas Jefferson in
a previous life, and he also claims to be the Spritual Brother to
Jesus Christ.6 Chinmoy's disciples claim he's one of a handful of
fully enlightened beings on the planet. Some disciples go so far
as to claim he is an avatar, a living God. They meditate to a print
of his face.
Perhaps the final resting place for the "Ark of Hope"
will be in the United Nation's Holy-of-Holies, the U.N. meditation
room. "We have the UN Meditation Room, which is visited by
hundreds of thousands of visitors a year," Robert Muller explains
in his book Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality. "We have
also a UN Meditation Group led by an Indian Mystic. One could tell
several moving stories of the spiritual transformation the UN has
caused, to the point that this little speck on earth is becoming
a holy ground." (quoted inThe New World Religion, by Gary Kah,
To Sri Chinmoy and Robert Muller, world peace will ultimately depend
"on divine and cosmic government" and an "alliance
between all major religions and the U.N." Muller has gone so
far as to call the U.N. "the body of Christ." The United
Nations "will be the last word in human perfection," Sri
Chinmoy proclaims, it will "stand as the pinnacle of divine
The Earth Charter stresses that man is his own saviour. By saving
"mother earth" we will once again return to an idealic
Garden of Eden. But instead of worshipping the Creator, the New
Age Aquarian conspirators wish to plunge us headlong into a creation-worship
new world religion. "Little by little a planetary prayer book
is thus being composed by an increasingly united humanity seeking
its oneness," Robert Muller preaches. "Once again, but
this time on a universal scale, humankind is seeking no less than
its reunion with 'divine,' its transcendence into higher forms of
life. Hindus call our earth Brahma, or God, for they rightly see
no difference between our earth and the divine. This ancient simple
truth is slowly dawning again upon humanity, as we are about to
enter our cosmic age and become what we were always meant to be:
the planet of God."
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made
like corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and
creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness,
through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own
bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a
lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator,
who is blessed forever. Amen.
Romans 1:22-25 (KJV)
(Note: The following is only an extract. For the
full document, go to the Ark of Hope's website.)
“The Earth Charter: Building a Global Culture of Peace”
Steven C. Rockefeller
The Earth Charter Community Summits
Tampa, Florida, September 29, 2001
This is a good time for interfaith dialogue involving
Christians, Jews and Muslims and members of other religious traditions
as well. The Earth Charter can be used as a catalyst for exploring
common ethical values in these exchanges.
A year from now, the United Nations will convene the World Summit
on Sustainable Development, and our government representatives should
know that we want the United States to play a creative leadership
role at this critical world meeting.
Thousands of local, national, regional, and international organizations
have now endorsed the Earth Charter. The most recent endorsement
has come from the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Invite your organization to consider endorsing the Earth Charter,
if you have not already done so. The more support we have from civil
society and local government, the greater the chance of endorsement
by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002.
In my home state of Vermont, the Earth Charter is being transported
across the state from town to town in a beautiful, handcrafted Ark
of Hope by people walking in a spirit of peace. In addition to the
Earth charter, the Ark of Hope contains the prayers and poems of
many Vermonters. The global challenges before us are great, but
if we unite behind the kind of vision affirmed in the Earth Charter,
there are grounds for hope........ With reverence for the mystery
of being and with reverence for life, let us resolve here today
to commit ourselves anew to this great work.
In response to the Sept. 11th attacks, the Vermont organizers
carried the Ark to New York. The Ark of Hope was displayed at
the United Nations from January 24th through February 19th.