We can relate to our planet Earth in two ways: either we can act as tourists and look at the Earth as a resource of goods and services for our use, pleasure and enjoyment, or we can act as Earth Pilgrims and treat the planet with reverence and gratitude. Tourists value the Earth and all her natural riches only in terms of usefulness to themselves. Pilgrims perceive the planet as sacred and recognise the intrinsic value of all life. The living Earth is good in itself with all its grace and beauty.

Tourists find gratification in the consumption of Nature’s gifts. Pilgrims find enchantment in the conservation of Nature’s bounty. The abundant waters of the oceans, the vibrancy of forests, the communities of dancing birds, the tranquillity of valleys and the resilience of magnificent mountains bring a sense of joy, awe and wonder to the hearts of pilgrims. For them, ‘god’ is Nature, and Nature is their god. Nature is their teacher, their guru and their guide. Sometimes they call her Gaia, the Earth Goddess or simply Mother Nature.

Are you a Pilgrim or a Tourist is the question posed by Satish Kumar - who is celebrating 35 years as editor of Resurgence magazine this year www.resurgence.org