Airdate: Oct 11, 2018
Scientist: Oren R. Lyons
When You Step on this Earth
How long can we depend upon the earth for sustenance?
Heres a program from our archives.Human beings call her mother, home and final resting place. The earth holds the legacy of our past and the promise of our future. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Ambience, Earth's Interior-timelapse We' re listening to timelapse recordings of the earth's interior.Lyons: Everything comes from the earth. The deer when is hunted and struck, and is running for its life, and bleeding, and in mortal danger will at some point go to the earth, and lay there, and gather strength from that earth to get up and run again. Where does that strength come from? You, if you're struck, will go right to the earth. You lay there, and you rest, and you'll really grip the earth. The harder you're struck, the harder you're going to grip the earth, and try to get that strength that's there, and you will. It'll help you get up and go again. There's great power there. It's fundamental, not a mystery. It's a mystery to me how people don't know it.Oren Lyons is one of the chiefs of the Onondaga Council of the Six Nation Iroquois Confederacy.Lyons: When the great peacemaker set our people up and said, 'this is how you will function,' as instruction to the chiefs he said, 'when you deliberate, when you sit and council for the welfare of the people, you must consider and council for the welfare of the seventh generation to come.' He said, 'those people, those faces who are looking up from the earth, each generation in its turn waiting,' he said, 'those are the people you must council for. He said, 'and when you step on this earth, that's how you step very carefully because those faces are there looking up.' And that's instruction.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast.