The choice is before us: to care for Earth, or to participate in the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life. We must reinvent industrial-technological civilizations, finding new ways to balance self and community, having and being, diversity and unity, short-term and long-term, using and nurturing. In the midst of all our diversity we are one humanity and one Earth family with shared destiny.
The challenges before us require an inclusive ethical vision. Alliances must be forged and cooperation fostered at local and international levels.
In solidarity with one another and the community of life, we the Nastao commit ourselves to action guided by the following interrelated principles:
1. Respect Earth and all life. Earth, each life form, and all living beings possess intrinsic value and warrant respect independently of their utilitarian value to humanity.
2. Care for Earth, protecting and restoring the diversity, integrity, and beauty of the planet's ecosystems. Where there is risk of irreversible or serious damage to the environment, precautionary action must be taken to prevent harm.
3. Live sustainably, promoting and adopting modes of consumption, production and reproduction that respect and safeguard human rights and the regenerative capacities of Earth.
4. Establish justice, and defend without discrimination the right of all people to life, liberty, and security of person within an environment adequate for human health and spiritual well being. People have a right to potable water, clean air, uncontaminated soil and food security.
5. Share equitably the benefits of natural resource use and a healthy environment among the nations, between rich and poor, between males and females, between present and future generations, and internalize all environmental, social, and economic costs.
6. Promote social development and financial systems that create and maintain sustainable livelihoods, eradicate poverty, and strengthen local communities.
7. Practice non-violence, recognizing that peace is the wholeness created by harmonious and balanced relationships with oneself, other persons, other life forms, and Earth.
8. Strengthen processes that empower people to participate effectively in decision making, and ensure transparency and accountability in governance and administration in all sectors of society.
9. Reaffirm that Indigenous and Tribal Peoples have a vital role in the care and protection of Mother Earth. They have the right to retain their spirituality, knowledge, lands, territories, and resources.
10. Affirm that gender equality is a prerequisite for sustainable development.
11. Secure the right to sexual and reproductive health, with special concern for women and girls.
12. Promote the participation of youth as accountable agents of change for local and global sustainability.
13. Advance and put to use scientific and other types of knowledge and technologies that promote sustainable living and protect the environment.
14. Ensure that people throughout their lives have opportunities to acquire the knowledge, values and practical skills needed to build sustainable communities.
15. Treat all creatures with compassion and protect them from cruelty and wanton destruction.
16. "Do not do to the environment of others what you do not want done to your environment."
17. Protect and restore places of outstanding ecological, cultural, aesthetic, spiritual and scientific significance.
18. Cultivate and act with a sense of shared responsibility for the well-being of the Earth community. Every person, institution or government has a duty to advance the individual goals of justice for all, sustainability, world peace, and respect and care for the larger community of life.
Embracing the values in the Charter, we can grow into a family of cultures that allows the potential of all persons to unfold in harmony with the Earth Community. We must preserve a strong faith in the possibilities of the human spirit and a deep sense of belonging to the universe. Our best actions will embody the integration of knowledge with compassion.
In keeping with the principles of our Charter, the Nastao Nation is opening a healing center in Santa Cruz. Your tax-deductible contribution will stay in the community, helping those in greatest need to help themselves. We also encourage volunteers, whether or not of Native American ancestry, who wish to offer their services to the community.