Earth-honoring values are enshrined throughout Dharmic teachings. They are found in the Vedas and Upanishads; in the stories of the Puranas and in village tales; and in the ritual practices that sustain Dharma. Just a short list of these values is given here.

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Vedic Quotations

Mata bhumih putroaham prithivyaha
The Earth is my mother, I am the Earth’s son.
-Atharva Veda

In villages, in the forest, and in all gatherings on earth. In congregations, and meeting of people, we will speak of you, Mother Earth, in praise.
-Atharva Veda

We invoke the all-supporting Earth on which trees, lords of forests, stand ever firm.
-Atharva Veda 12:1:27

Do not cut trees because they remove pollution.
-Rig Veda 6:48:17

Bhumi Sukta in Atharva Veda


Isavasyam idam sarvam yat kim ca jagatyam jagat
Tena tyaktena bhunjitha, ma gridhah kasyasvid dhanam
Everything in the universe belongs to the Lord. Therefore take only what you need, that is set aside for you. Do not take anything else, for you know to whom it belongs.
-Isa Upanishad

yā āpo divyā uta vā sravanti khanitrimā uta vā yāḥ svayaṃjāḥ 
samudrārthā yāḥ śucayaḥ pāvakāstā āpo devīrihamāmavantu
The waters in the sky, the waters of rivers, and water in the well whose source is the ocean, may all these sacred waters protect me.
– Rig Veda 7.49.2

Samudra vasane devi parvata stana mandale
Visnu-patni namastubhyam paada sparsham kssamasvame
O Devi with ocean as Her garments and mountains as Her bosom,
Who is the consort of Sri Vishnu, I bow to You;
Please forgive me for touching You with my feet.

Om Prthvi Tvayaa Dhrtaa Lokaa Devi Tvam Vissnnunaa Dhrtaa
Tvam Ca Dhaaraya Maam Devi Pavitram Kuru Caasanam 
Om, O Prithivi Devi, by You are borne the entire world; And Devi, You in turn are borne by Sri Vishnu,
Please hold me on Your lap, O Devi, and make this seat pure.