Precious Earth

The Earth is an Amazing place…

We share this wonderful planet with many different animals and plants but there is so much more to our fantastic home.

In Māori culture the land, water and sky are equally part of the living planet all working together. These all possess a mauri (life force) and we all have to take care of these taonga (highly valued resources).

In Māori culture they use the term Kaitiakitanga which means it is our duty as guardians of the Earth to take care of the land, the sea and the sky for future generations.

Similar beliefs are shared by many other cultures across our planet. The Earth and everything on it must be respected, valued and cared for because everything is equally important in making this planet Amazing.

Here are just a few ancient proverbs (words of wisdom) from around the world to show how people in the past knew the importance of caring for our planet:

Treat the Earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. – Native American Proverb

Look after the land and the land will look after you, destroy the land and it will destroy you. – Aboriginal Proverb

Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakemua  – Take care of the Earth, Take care of the people, go forward –  which means that if we take care of the Earth and take care of the people, we will take care of the future.  – Māori Proverb

Always watch and follow nature. – Ancient Egyptian Proverb

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago and second best time is now. – Chinese Proverb

Be sure to look around Tock.Earth for facts and tips on how you can help. TOCK will be sharing more information and fun activities as he learns more over the coming months, so please keep checking back with us.