When the people call Earth “Mother”, they take with love and with love give back, so that all may live.
When the people call Earth “it” they use her, consume her strength. Then people die.
Already the sun is hot, out of season. Our Mother’s breast is going dry. She is taking all green into her heart and will not turn back until we call her by name.
Marilou Awiakta ( 1936, Cherikoo tribe, USA)