What's at stake here?
An irreplaceable tropical forest with unique biodiversity found nowhere else on planet Earth.
A forest people, with a forest culture and language 5000 years old
Forest spirits as ancient as the beginning of time.

What difference does it make?
The best way to protect the environment is to protect the indigenous people who have lived in harmony with the planet for 5000 years. If the destruction doesn't stop, the whole human race is looking at extinction.
Who cares?
Everyone who breathes. Our existence depends on the health of the earth.

Earthwalkers care. Support them, join them, be an Earthwalker by your actions.

The original Earthwalkers are tribal people of a tropical rainforest in southwestern Mindanao, educated indigenous persons of the Tboli tribe. To be an Earthwalker you must possess the mind, heart and soul of the original Earthwalkers. You must have or work to gain their spirit.

Who are the Earthwalkers?

The original Earthwalkers are tribal people of a tropical rainforest in southwestern Mindanao, educated indigenous persons of the Tboli tribe.

What do Earthwalkers do?

Earthwalkers specialize in caring about and caring for all earth-related things, including members of the human species. Earthwalkers vital concerns, then, include the five earth systems, bio-regions, ecosystems, biodiversity, cultural diversity, human rights and the special rights particular to indigenous peoples, each of which subjects they can speak about competently as informed laypersons.

But it is not all learning and talking it is also preparing and leading people to join them in protecting forest, soils and atmosphere, which in their homelands is under severe attack, as often as not with a nod of approval from ineffective government. Their action begins with themselves and in their own homes and villages, radiating out to towns and provinces. It is difficult work, frequently being involved in conflicts and confrontations, and sometimes dangerous work wherein some investors are not above hiring assassins. The work for the rights of nature, human rights and rights of indigenous peoples is complimented by building sustainable societies and economies. And here the Earthwalkers are completely hands-on with little time for abstractions. Bare feet to bare ground. Earth under your fingernails.

Can anyone be an Earthwalker?

No. To be an Earthwalker you must possess the mind, heart and soul of the original Earthwalkers. You must have or work to gain their spirit.

Earthwalkers' Mind:

You muse realize that, like the Universe itself, the Earth from its very inception was/is primarily a thing of spirit. As such the Earth demands our respect. (Earth can kill us) and our reverence (Earth can mother us).
You must realize that as always we need the Earth in all of its integrity and splendor. And now the Earth needs us to help stop humans from destroying it.

Earthwalkers' Heart:

The Earthwalker is a person of deep compassion for every animate and inanimate thing. The Earthwalker sees herself as living in an awe-inspiring universe, so inclusive is her heart.

Earthwalkers' Soul:

The Earthwalkers soul is the soul of a tribal person, which is probably why Earthwalkers were born out of a tribal experience. 'Earthwalking' comes to them naturally. The rest of us have to learn it and earn it. It is a sense of having been born out of the Earth in joy and finally returning to it without regret. A sense of being in some way Earth itself, of being incorporated in it. Whatever is splendid and awesome in Earth is splendid in us. Whatever diminishes Earth diminishes us. What pains Earth, pains us.

Perhaps, you already are an Earthwalker.

An Earthwalker can do much as an individual, but 10 times as much joined with other Earthwalkers.

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin noted the four earth systems; the lithoshere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and the biosphere, and suggest a fifth sphere, the mind system or noosphere:. human minds communicating over the surface of Earth. What better symbol of the noosphere than the Internet. We are but one click away from each other. Let's click.

We are the Earthwalkers.
Come, walk the Earth with us!

The Plan

The Four Tribes of southwestern Mindanao are among those tribes that remained largely isolated from other peoples from their origins some 5,000 years ago until the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. These are the Tboli, the Ubo, the Manobo Blit and the Tasaday. While most other tribes of the Philippines have endured one or more of four different colonizers over the past five centuries, The Four tribes have come in contact with their colonizers only within the last 60 years. Their colonizers were neither Arab nor European, American or Japanese, but Filipinos from other islands who had been to some large degree westernized over a period of 400 years of their own colonization.

The seven marks of colonizers are clear in the case of the 4 tribes:

  • Entry unbidden into lands of a defenseless people; unilaterally declaring themselves the rightful owners and authority over all the lands and natural resources, imposition of the colonizers’ languages, culture and laws
  • Relentless exploitation of all natural resources
  • Denial of human rights to the people indigenous to the land
  • Impoverishment of the indigenous peoples while the colonizers prospered; ravishment of the environment.

For The Lake Sebu Ancestral Domain, colonization has been at its most virulent, mainly because of the idyllic scenery, three tiny lakes, 7 waterfalls. mountain climate, picturesque tribes, agribusiness possibilities, gold ore deposits, forests and a host of other “resources” that could be commoditized for the profit of settlers and other investors. Having no recourse to protection from the law, which -- even had there been adequate laws at that time – would have been administered by a settler government, a system totally alien to the mindset of the indigenous tribes, a government that was and remains still to a large extent a government by settlers, through settlers and for settlers. The tribal peoples had then no option but to organize themselves for their own protection and survival. Over the next 30 year period the Four Tribes received considerable aid and direction from a Catholic Mission which helped them resist and to a large extent they held the process of colonization at bay, giving many indigenous people a chance to get educated and otherwise strengthen their position vis-à-vis colonization. In 1991 the management of the mission was replaced by less assertive leadership and resistance to colonization dwindled.